CHARLOTTESVILLE TRANSIT CENTER Charlottesville, VA
Citation of Merit, AIA Pennsylvania
Honor Award, AIA Philadelphia
The Downtown Transit Center lies at the eastern end of Charlottesville’s Main Street pedestrian mall. The station serves as a new transit hub, a multimodal gateway to the city. It is a catalyst in the redevelopment of the eastern end of downtown while respecting its Jeffersonian context. This project identified as a culmination of previous work on a master plan and site design of the Charlottesville pedestrian mall. The transit center’s innovative program called for a central transportation hall containing a visitor’s center for tourists, supporting retail, and an art gallery. Some of the site’s challenges were a 17-foot grade difference between the mall level above and the buses below, and a delicate balancing act between environmental, aesthetic, and pragmatic objectives, being welcoming, transparent, and open while still maximizing energy efficiency and mitigating sunlight penetration as well as noise. With a LEED-NC Gold certification, the center was the first LEED-rated building in the city of Charlottesville.