A product of local, state, and federal investment, the transportation center leverages infrastructure to spur regeneration in a historic city district. The campus, sized for future passenger trains to Chicago and Minneapolis and configured to allow expansion, includes three components: a Parking Garage for 292 vehicles, a Raised Walkway, and a Terminal Building with ticketing booths, office space, and restrooms. These carefully arranged elements provide a backdrop to the district, screening it from the adjacent interstate. In crafting this urban edge, the project also primes an adjacent site for future public green space.
The complex achieves urban impact with contextual sensitivity. Complying with preservation guidelines, the buildings’ scale and proportions reference their historic surroundings. Column and window rhythms echo nearby warehouses. Terracotta is the primary exterior material, complementing the district’s brick construction. Sunscreens cloak the Parking Garage and rain screens clad the Terminal Building, with similar patterns perforated into the aluminum along pedestrian circulation.