Project: "Georgia Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal"
Designer(s): Dan Kaplan, FAIA, LEED Senior Partner Mark Strauss, FAIA, AICP/PP, LEED Senior Partner John Schuyler, AIA, LEED Partner Kevin Cannon, AIA, LEED Senior Associate Ilana Judah, Intl Assoc. AIA, OAQ, LEED AP BD+C Senior Associate, Director of Sustainability John Loughran, AIA, AICP/PP, LEED Senior Associate Jack Robbins, AIA, LEED Senior Associate Seiji Watanabe, AIA, LEED Associate Jim Bushong, AIA, LEED Designer Rachel Hillery Junior Architect Thomas Reeves Designer Will Smith, LEED Designer Sisto Tallini, LEED GA Designer Joshua Turner, LEED AP BD+C Designer , United States
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Entry Description: Since Atlanta’s founding at the intersection of two railroads, its growth has been tied to transportation. Today, despite having over 80 local and regional bus routes and 4 subway lines, there is no downtown hub or transfer point. Passengers wait on desolate sidewalks and trudge through the heat and humidity to make connections. Regional rail hasn't served downtown since the 1960s. A vast area of Atlanta’s downtown is today an open pit of parking crossed by a few elevated roadways. Known locally as “The Gulch”, this physical and psychological barrier isolates otherwise adjacent neighborhoods and hinders development. The Georgia Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal Master Plan weaves together three essential threads of city-building - transit infrastructure, the public realm, and private development - to create a deeply integrated nexus of urban connections and a catalyst for growth. The project incorporates existing bus networks with planned commuter rail, high-speed rail, and streetcar networks, while knitting together cut-off neighborhoods, disjointed street grids, and disconnected open spaces, to create development opportunities in a vibrant, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly district. Main functions are stacked vertically: trains below; streets, plazas, and retail above this; buses above the street; and a rooftop park over the buses. Porous and connective, the many entrances lead to a light-filled “great room” and a double-height skylit spine, providing clear, legible circulation. Street-facing retail energizes sidewalks, while above, an undulating, diaphanous skin surrounds the bus level, offering dynamic glimpses of bus movements, and allowing natural ventilation. The innovative elevated park uses transit infrastructure’s inherent scale to connect existing parks and create a dramatic new destination. Surrounding open spaces and sites for hotel, office, and residential developments integrate growth and infill throughout the 126-acre study area. The plan recognizes the importance of transit investments to an environmentally and economically sustainable future, and moves beyond Transit Oriented Development

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