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Final Design for SF’s Transbay Transit Center Includes Rooftop Park
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On April 28, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In Architecture,Green Transportation,San Francisco,Sustainable Building | 3 Comments
All of our patient waiting has finally paid off – the final design for San Francisco’s new transit center was finally revealed last week! The San Francisco Transbay Transit Center  is designed to hold 12 transit systems and will also house the future high speed rail  terminus. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli , the final design for the center includes some changes from past incarnation, most notably an awesome 5.4 acre green roof  and public park that will have an amphitheater for music performances and movie screenings. Downtown SF  is getting better and better, now let’s get that HSR line under construction!
Pelli Clarke Pelli presented the final design to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board (TJPA) in San Francisco last Thursday. To be located in downtown San Francisco, the new Transit Center  will be constructed from steel and glass with a curvilinear exterior inspired the by the sway of tree trunks and their shady canopies. As the facade reaches the roof, it curves in, softening the shadow casted on the street below. Additionally a number of green building strategies were incorporated into the design, including passive solar shading, high performance glazing, geothermal cooling  and even wind power .
The highlight of the new transit center, besides all the great public transportation housed under one roof, is the expansive public park  on the roof. At 5.4 acres, this park is a great addition of open space to the SF downtown area. City Park will include an amphitheater, a children’s playground, cafes, restaurants, public artworks and a lily pond. Construction starts on the beautiful transit center this August and is expected to be completed in 2017. Come 2017, this may be the best seat in town for a summer concert.
Via WAN 
photo credits: ©Pelli Clarke Pelli
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