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City Utilities Bus Transit Center Opens New Location: Exemplifying a Refreshed Design

City Utilities Bus Transit Center Opens New Location: Exemplifying a Refreshed Design

hdesigngroup is proud of the new City Utilities Transit Center. From the beginning, we have been grateful and pleased that we were designing something that would be used by the community of Springfield. Not only did the design come to fruition through the construction process, but the new transit center provides a fresh offering for the City of Springfield, and citizens (or transit riders) who now find the station more user-friendly and inviting.

The process of discovery for the new station was a journey of exploration and innovation. The outcome delivered a modern facility with attentiveness to the community’s needs, and calculation and preparation for future advancements.

Improvement focus areas for the transit center include; accessibility for universal needs and disabilities, ticketing kiosks, City Utility payment kiosk, large screen televisions for displaying route information, weather and news updates, Wi-Fi accessibility, bike repair station and bike lockers, driver’s lounge, public USB charging stations, indoor and outdoor seating, multiple platform bays equipped with technology for displaying route information—all coinciding with the updated bus routes around the city

Many innovative sustainable technologies were integrated into the design of the facility including, natural rain garden bioswales, energy-efficient indoor lighting and outdoor site lighting, energy-efficient glazing, and a perforated solar veil along the face of the waiting area.

The design is efficient and durable—a goal set before the design team—making the new transit station more durable for long-term use by the City. Each amenity decision was driven by three words that the design team and project leaders focused on; safe, relevant, cool.

The process of discovery for the new station was a journey of exploration and innovation. The outcome delivered a modern facility with attentiveness to the community’s needs, and calculation and preparation for future advancements.

This new establishment replaced the dated and close-quartered facility that was located in Park Central West at Patton and McDaniel St.—which served the community as the transit station for more than 30 years. The updated facility and new location at 211 N. Main Ave., will assist in providing a safe, secure and reliable transit experience, while improving the visual and economic climate of the corridor—supporting not only transit riders, but the community.

A special thanks to Gayle Babcock of Architectural Imageworks, LLC for her enthusiasm and eye for design and detail while taking photos of the project. She did a great job capturing highlights of the facility through her photography lens.

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