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As architects we took as our mandate the task of designing a place that was attractive, flexible, safe, highly functional, and above all, a transit hub that Denver’s own could be proud of.” The new station was designed using the principles of “Open Transit,” an approach to transit-oriented development which proffers that great transit infrastructure should likewise benefit from great design, and become a destination in and of itself; a welcoming and secure place where residents and transit riders will convene and where businesses both new and existing may thrive.The glass-enclosed station features nine bus bays, and is marked by a signature curving canopy that signifies one’s arrival to Downtown and offers an inviting frontage at the end of the 16th Street Mall.
The Board of Directors of Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), led by Acting Chief Operating Officer Bruce Abel, marked the opening of the newly designed transit station this past Friday, December 15, and bus services resumed in full on Sunday, December 17.On either side of the station are two staircases that ascend to a terrace, a great new public asset from which visitors can mingle, dine, and enjoy 360-degree views of the State Capitol, Civic Center Park, Colfax Ave., Broadway and beyond.The Civic Center Station team comprises Perkins Eastman as Design Architect, led by Peter Cavaluzzi FAIA; Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH®), Architect of Record and Civil Engineer, led by Jeff Pedersen AIA, NCARB; Mortenson Construction, General Contractor, led by Dave Espinosa; Martin/Martin, Structural Engineer; and The RMH Group, MEP Engineer.The site of the Plaza is at the very corner where Harvey Milk (1930-1978) would gather and rally the Castro community to action, often speaking from atop his soapbox.“This design competition was a labor of love for us,” says Erich Burkhart FAIA, Managing Principal of Perkins Eastman’s San Francisco office.“Historically, the medical field has not fostered a collaborative working environment,” write the primary authors, Rebecca Milne and Katie Gluckselig, in the paper’s introduction.
“[D]epartments are often isolated from each other and not encouraged to communicate, and there remains a strong sense of hierarchical division.
“Harvey Milk’s life and career were devoted to promoting equality and facilitating public discourse.
It’s our hope that this design does justice to that legacy.” The design is defined by a stepping and ramping amphitheater set within a field of LED candles, turning the western terminus of the Castro’s Market Street into a soapbox, not just for one, but for many.
San Francisco, CA (November 1, 2017) – The San Francisco office of global architecture firm Perkins Eastman is honored to share the news that The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza (FHMP) has reached a unanimous decision to award the redesign of the new Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza to our San Francisco team, and declared Perkins Eastman’s entry the winning submission in their months-long design competition.
The winning entry is a thoughtful yet bold approach to creating a walkable, active and transit-oriented civic space, aimed at transforming the current plaza and MUNI station at Castro and Market Streets into an enjoyable gathering spot for San Franciscans.
“This was an incredibly challenging project situated on a tight urban site,” said Dave Espinosa, Senior Project Manager for Mortenson, “but one that is so crucial to connecting people and transit.