Innovative Design Solutions for Urban Intermodal Centers - Don Gray, AIA, LEED AP


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Innovative Design Solutions for Urban Intermodal Centers - Don Gray, AIA, LEED AP

  1. 1. Presented by Donald E. Gray, AIA, LEED, AP; Stephanie Goris, LEED AP; Susan K. Sherwood, CP Innovative Design Solutions for Urban Intermodal Centers Multi-level facilities and other BIG ideas!
  2. 2. Intro  Who is Wendel?  How can our experience help YOU as an OWNER?  How is a GREAT team approach developed?  What are the lessons learned to take away from the BIG ideas?
  3. 3. How do we get people to take Amtrak to visit Niagara Falls? CHALLENGE
  4. 4. BIG IDEA Move the train station!
  5. 5. If you have the patience of Job you can move “mountains!”
  6. 6. Build a project that started with a study in 1986. CHALLENGE
  7. 7. BIG IDEA Incorporate the historic Greyhound building façade and bring back the Diner!
  8. 8. It’s not just a transit project, it is an urban revitalization- treat it like one!
  9. 9. Historic fabric can galvanize community support!
  10. 10. How do we build an iconic County Transportation Center for a VERY MODEST budget? CHALLENGE
  11. 11. BIG IDEA Design a building with no corridors, turn it into a “diamond,” and give it state of the art communications amenities like an airport.
  12. 12. Never say the budget isn’t big enough to do something significant and meaningful!
  13. 13. How do we make sure we are not simply “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?” CHALLENGE
  14. 14. BIG IDEA Turn an existing one story intermodal into a two level intermodal.
  15. 15. Use two day design charrettes held at the owner’s location so “BIG IDEAS” can incubate!
  16. 16. Design a single, seamless intermodal center for two neighboring cities separated by an existing, elevated railroad. CHALLENGE
  17. 17. BIG IDEA Carve away surface landscape to activate and connect two cities.
  18. 18. It’s not a barrier- It’s a design feature!
  19. 19. What do you do when public and political consensus picks a site that is too small and has a 28 foot grade change? CHALLENGE
  20. 20. BIG IDEA Close a city street for one block and design a multi-level intermodal that allows mixed use development above!
  21. 21. Always reserve the right to change your mind. And then CHANGE IT when it is the right thing to do!
  22. 22. Build a project that serves the community as well as the transit operation in a rural environment. CHALLENGE
  23. 23. BIG IDEA Combine “transit maintenance” needs with “community” needs.
  24. 24. Who said a maintenance facility can’t also be a community center?
  25. 25. Where do we locate a regional hub intermodal center? CHALLENGE
  26. 26. BIG IDEA In a currently dilapidated and unused historic train shed!
  27. 27. Even the best ideas need to be passionately sold to the “naysayers.”
  28. 28. Design a new intermodal center on a constrained triangular site abutting residential and commercial communities. CHALLENGE
  29. 29. BIG IDEA Design a two story facility with three faces!
  30. 30. Make every square INCH count!
  31. 31. Utilize a long, narrow, tapering site with a one story grade change for a new intermodal center adjacent to an old historic train station. CHALLENGE
  32. 32. BIG IDEA Use the one story grade change to integrate a parking structure that supports the intermodal center.
  33. 33. Integration of parking can create a seamless and dynamic solution!