“It is an innovative piece of architecture. The form is one of beauty and simplicity. The use of integrated design and modeling optimized the structure.”
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As the premier transportation hub in Southern California, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center brings together transit, dining, retail and entertainment options in an iconic terminal building.
ARTIC is a world-class gateway for Orange County’s transportation systems, including auto, bus and rail systems as well as future street car and high-speed trains. Iconic infrastructure projects like Broad Street Station in Philadelphia and the original Penn Station in New York City inspired the design of the long-span, diagrid structure, creating a grand, naturally lit space.
The new transit hub will accommodate Anaheim’s projected growth of 13 percent by 2035 while transforming the city from a drivable suburb to a model for walkable urban development. As the heart of Orange County’s transportation system, ARTIC will provide easy connectivity between entertainment destinations, sports venues and the Anaheim Convention Center.
The interdisciplinary design team of HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff focused on efficient, parabolic shell geometry through the design of a catenary curve swept on a torus. More than 200,000 square feet of high-tech, translucent ETFE polymer pillows on the roof structure infuse the grand hall with lightness and transparency. Operable louvers at the top of the north and south curtain walls open to allow for natural ventilation of the space.
Providing space for passenger arrivals, departures and transfers, the terminal integrates amenities such as transit-oriented retail, specialty dining, Wi-Fi and charging stations, parking, bike racks and lockers, and community space.
The innovative sustainable design strategies for this anticipated LEED® Platinum building will dramatically reduce energy use, water use, solid waste production and carbon emissions while spurring transit-oriented development.
The team made extensive use of building information modeling (BIM) to clearly communicate the design to the clients and public, as well as to help develop the complex form, geometry and functions while achieving the goals for sustainability.
ARTIC – Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center
Infused with California sunshine, the roof of this transporation hub in Anaheim is a long-span, diagrid structure made with high-tech transparent Texlon ETFE polymer pillows.
Engineered by Vector Foiltec, the Texlon cladding incorporates a fitting that allows for generous light transmission into the building while maintaining optimal solar control and ambient temperatures. LED lights were added to the steel upstands below the ETFE to accentuate the diamond shape of the panels, making the structure equally recognisable at night. The lightweight nature of the structure means that substantial savings could be made in the steel tonnage, which resulted in cost saving and environmental benefits.
This is the first LEED platinum certified transit station in the world.
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The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) is an iconic gateway to a new era of transport options. ARTIC, the striking, arched transport hub that fulfils Orange County and the City of Anaheim’s vision to encourage the use of public transportation, simultaneously alleviating highway congestion.
ARTIC sits in a pedestrian zone in central Anaheim and supports area-wide public transport and regional travel connections of all types, from bikes to bus and rail. “Inspiration came from great transportation terminals like Grand Central Station but ARTIC is one of a kind and iconic in terms of its vaulted shape,” said Kazem Toossi, project architect and Senior Principal at HOK.
This busy thoroughfare, with its retail outlets and restaurants, is set to positively transform the travel experience for thousands of commuters each day. Two parabolic, operable glass walls at the north and south ends, together with the curved translucent Texlon® ETFE roof, engineered and installed by Vector Foiltec, open the building up to the benign Californian climate.
The Texlon® cladding incorporates a frit that allows for generous light transmission into the building, while maintaining optimal solar control and perfect ambient temperatures. LED lights were added to the steel upstands below the ETFE to accentuate the diamond shape of the panels, making ARTIC equally recognisable and iconic at night. The lightweight elegant dia-grid structure, with it diamond shaped panels meant that substantial savings could be made in the steel tonnage, which resulted in cost savings and environmental benefits. The design of the building was based on sustainability, efficiency, quality, and is the first LEED® platinum transit station in the world.