NEW HAVEN, Conn. (January 25, 2016) PCPA’s large-scale project, Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco is starting to take shape. Spanning five blocks, the new modern regional hub will transform both downtown San Francisco and the Bay Area's transportation system. Installation of the key interior element - a gigantic Light Column – has finished, as seen in the photos here. Beginning at the train platform two levels below grade, the steel piping of the column measures 135 feet, passing through the concourse waiting area, the double-height Grand Hall, the bus level and the roof park. The funnel-shaped structure will support a skylight atop the roof park, allowing natural light to flood down the full depth of the building. It is an engineering feat. Also, panels of the exterior wall have been produced and are ready to be installed. In collaboration with Sir Roger Penrose, the renowned British mathematical physicist and philosopher, the PCPA design team has incorporated his groundbreaking pattern into the elegant curving wall that wraps the five-block perimeter of Transbay Transit Center. Fabricated in a pearlescent white metal, the perforated design will allow 35 % of the wall surface remain open to light and air.
The PCPA design team includes Senior Design Principals Cesar Pelli FAIA, Fred Clarke FAIA, Principal in Design, Mark Shoemaker AIA, Randy Volenec RA, Senior Project Manager, Heather Kim, AIA, Project Architect/Manager, Darin Cook AIA and Andrew Nyhart, Project Architects, Sebastian Curria, Project Designer, and Barbara Endes LEED AP, Quality Program Manager.