West Campus Transportation Center

West Campus Transportation Center

Architect
Neumann Monson Architects
Location
Iowa City, IA, USA
Project Year
2012
Category
Transports

Bus stations

West Campus Transportation Center

Neumann Monson Architects as Architects

The project consolidates the university's dispersed parking & transportation functions including offices, maintenance and a bus interchange for the campus-wide transit system. The solution also provides a raised passageway to the adjacent hospital facility.

Organization:

The site, loaded with utilities, offered little room for the building footprint. As a result the office component was placed above the bus interchange in order to:

' Reduce building footprint

' Allow second level program to serve as shelter

' Provide a customer service presence at skywalk level

' Minimize material usage, thereby elevating overall project quality


Elevated Walkway:

The enclosed 750-foot walkway connects to the hospital's main entrance via two hospital parking structures, establishing a safe artery for pedestrian traffic. In addition, this component: 

' Utilizes only six caissons, given the dense utility network

' Incorporates long-span beams with a minimal floor suspended below

' Utilizes mullion-less structural glazing for enhanced transparency


Materials:

' Fiber cement panel rainscreen

' FSC certified ipe wood rainscreen

' Glass curtain wall and structural glazing

Sustainability:

' Energy efficient chilled beam and radiant floor system

' Automated exterior venetian blinds

' Daylight harvesting in all work spaces and maintenance shop

' Occupancy sensors

' Energy consumption 32% less than baseline

' We didn't have FSC ipe wood, but is ipe considered sustainable'

' Low VOC, low maintenance finishes

2013 AIA Iowa Honor Award for Design Excellence

2013 AIA Central States Commercial Architecture Citation Award for Design Excellence

2014 AIA Iowa Honor Award for Sustainable Design

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