Charlottesville Downtown Transit Center

Location: Charlottesville, VA
Construction Schedule: July 2005 - November 2007
Construction Value: $6,092,745

Description:

The project consist of a Transit Center for the City of Charlottesville, offices for the transit operation and Tourism Agency, rest facilities adequate for the adjacent Amphitheater and extensive site development, all of which is carefully positioned on a very tight urban site with several constraints.

The building is of contemporary design and includes both structural steel and glue-laminated wood beams as the structural system and larger areas of glass.  The design is very detailed with few right (90°) angles, which made construction more challenging. A large part of the building is clad with patinaed copper.

The project achieved LEED Gold Certification, which contributed to the complexity of the project. The Site development was extensive and includes a significant “Redi Rock” retaining wall to support the elevation of the Amphitheater where it intersects with the City street. Also included, is a pedestrian walkway from an adjacent street to the Amphitheater running along the Redi Rock retaining wall.

The Downtown Transit Center was a complex and difficult project to construct due to the very detailed contemporary design, extensive site work and extremely tight site conditions. The HVAC System is a Closed Loop Geo-Thermal System and coordinating the location of the wells and piping loop added to the complexity of the very tight site.


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