Grimshaw team picked for LA station
London-based Grimshaw Architects and Gruen Associates of Los Angeles have been chosen to create a masterplan for Union Station in Los Angeles and its surrounding 40 acres.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) chose the team ahead of five others competing for the appointment.
“Union Station is a beloved Los Angeles icon that has played a vital role in our city’s history,” said Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Metro Board chair. “Now it is time to get it ready for its future as the centerpiece of our burgeoning regional transit system.”
Metro anticipates signing the contract this summer with the goal of having the masterplan completed within 18 to 24 months.
“We are looking forward to working with our community stakeholders to develop the vision for Union Station,” said metro board director and Los Angeles councilman Jose Huizar. “This property is crucial to establishing connectivity to the many residents, businesses, and assets of the surrounding communities.”
“We were pleased to have six world class teams submit proposals. It was a very tough decision as these are all very strong teams with relevant experience,” said Martha Welborne, executive director, Metro Countywide Planning.
The master plan will be a roadmap for the long-range future of the station and the 40 acres that surround it, which Metro purchased in April 2011. The master planning process will encompass passenger and circulation improvements, rail and joint development opportunities, high-speed rail station alternatives, better access for pedestrians and bicyclists and clearer linkages among the transit modes on site.
While there will be no detailed architectural design involved with this master plan, Metro said that Grimshaw is expected to bring architectural vision to the process.
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This article was published on 29/06/2012 (last updated on 29/06/2012).