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September 14, 2021 Project of the Week

Project Name: Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project

Company Name: Stantec

Project Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

Project Information/Details: The Stantec-designed Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project in Los Angeles recently reached substantial completion. Design for the $129 million project for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) was led by Stantec’s Los Angeles office. The project reimagines the station as a community catalyst to serve the historically underserved neighborhood. The station provides an expanded and more efficient passenger experience, improved connections and pedestrian safety to the surrounding community, and streamlined rail and bus transfers and connections. Stantec provided architecture, lighting and urban design, and design support during construction on the critical multimodal project. Key subconsultants, many of which are disadvantaged business, include BASE Architecture; Kimley Horn & Associates for transit planning and civil engineering; Miyamoto International and PacRim Engineering for structural engineering; PBS Engineers for mechanical, plumbing, and electrical engineering; AHBE/MIG for landscape architecture; and Pacific Railway for train system signaling. The Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station has the fourth-highest volume of Metro ridership, serving more than 30,000 riders each day. Built more than 30 years ago, the station required significant improvements to its design layout as a multimodal transit hub. The Stantec team developed a modernized and user-friendly station designed for the transit patron, including: Rosa Parks Metro Customer Center: The new center includes a new customer service storefront, ticket/tap card kiosks, a transit security station, and a Metro transit court. Station Remodel: To improve facility functionality, the Stantec team’s remodel extends the platform and mezzanine connection. It provides greater capacity and daylight for those using the platform and features a new and safer pedestrian crossing across Metro and Union Pacific Railroad tracks to the bus terminals, new elevators and stairs between the A and C lines, a new dedicated drop-off location, and additional dedicated bus bays. Metro Bike Hub: The Bike Hub provides a secure and protected space for bicycle parking and a vendor area for a bike supply and maintenance shop. Community Plaza: This open-air space with large planters and seating areas serves as a public resource to be used for community events year-round to enrich and celebrate the Wilmington community. Community Art: The artist team Jamex & Einar de la Torre, in partnership with artist George Evans, created site-specific artwork for the station. The art explores the legacy of Rosa Parks and the memory of the civil rights movement and offers a vibrant, bold, and uplifting complement to the station improvements. “This is an exciting moment for our entire Stantec design team, as we put the final touches on this critical community project,” said Amy Chang, Stantec senior project manager, based in Los Angeles. “The revitalized facility will provide thousands of patrons with improved access to many of LA’s most critical amenities, while enhancing the busy station’s role as a key community resource.” “We are proud to have built one of the more modern transit hubs in the entire Metro system for the residents of Willowbrook and surrounding communities”, said Paul Whang, Metro Senior Director Project Engineering. “In addition to the rail platform improvements, the upgraded station provides more bus bays, a full-service bike hub, a new customer service center with transit court and landscaped public areas to provide new Metro services and a welcome experience for the community.”

September 07, 2021 Project of the Week

Project Name: Skye on 6th

Company Name: Clayco

Project Location: Phoenix, Arizona,United States

Project Information/Details: National design-build firm Clayco, along with representatives from Hubbard Street Group, Shepley Bulfinch, local politicians and community groups celebrated the groundbreaking of a new 26-story residential tower, Skye on 6th, in downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row Arts District. The building will contain 309 apartments, 6,500-square-feet of ground level retail space, and a 78,000-square-foot parking garage with 201 spaces. Its wellness-focused design also includes a fitness center with a sauna, steam room and outdoor pool and spa, as well as a dedicated co-working floor. “We are thrilled to enter Phoenix’s residential market with this terrific high-rise,” said Clayco executive Anthony Johnson. “Together with fellow Chicago-based partner Hubbard Street Group, we will successfully deliver this project to the Phoenix community as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.” Designed for LEED Silver certification, the 357,850-square-foot building’s exterior cladding comprises of floor-to-floor window wall and fly by EFIS panels. Building information modeling (BIM) is being used to coordinate all site utility, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems around the post-tension and reinforced concrete structure. The Shepley Bulfinch-designed structure is owned by Chicago-based developer Hubbard Street Group and scheduled for completion in summer 2023. Over the next two years, Clayco and Hubbard Street Group have pledged to donate $10,000 each towards a hands-on construction career exposure and immersive educational program for nearby Phoenix Union Bioscience High School. Every other week, up to 15 junior and senior students from Bioscience’s engineering classes will have lunch at the jobsite while different trade professionals and subcontractors involved in the project present their roles and give site tours showing different phases of the design and construction process. At the conclusion of the program, senior students interested in pursuing a construction-related college degree will have the opportunity to apply for a “Build Our Future” scholarship funded by the donation dollars from Clayco and Hubbard Street Group. Chicago-based Clayco recently announced the establishment of a Phoenix office located at 2398 E. Camelback Road in the Biltmore area as part of its western expansion. With roughly $300 million in active construction projects in Phoenix, Clayco has completed over 3.3 million square feet of corporate, industrial, manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce facilities in the area.

August 31, 2021 Project of the Week

Project Name: Nubian Square Ascends Project

Company Name: Nubian Ascend Partners LLC

Project Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Project Information/Details: Detailed design plans have been released for the Nubian Square Ascends Project in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. Global design firm Stantec is leading master planning and supporting the design of the project, which will transform a vacant parking lot between Washington Street and Harrison Avenue into a 365,000 square foot mixed-use destination anchored by a culinary marketplace that provides a venue for local artisan and culinary talent. Stantec is leading the design for the site’s signature building, which includes the 48,000 square foot culinary marketplace and 135,000 square feet of office/lab space for life sciences research, training, and medical offices. Stantec is also designing the 300-space parking garage, which will be enveloped with art and murals and include stalls for Roxbury artisans. The project will target LEED Gold certification, with Stantec leading sustainable design initiatives. “Nubian Square Ascends is a transformational project that will bring more exposure to Roxbury’s local artists, community-based entrepreneurs, and culinary and entertainment professionals,” said Tamara Roy, project design principal at Stantec. “We are thrilled to partner with a diverse group of talent for this project, which will take cues from Nubian culture and honor the historic and social context of the neighborhood.” The site will also include a multi-purpose cultural hall and theater, affordable artist housing, and a digital artist lab, designed by DREAM Collaborative, a minority business enterprise (MBE). Ground Inc, a woman-owned business enterprise (WBE), is providing landscape architecture design for Nubian Square and Artist Way, which will connect Ruggles Street to Harrison Avenue. Bryant Associates, a minority/women-owned business enterprise (MWBE), will be the project’s civil and transportation engineer. Nubian Ascend Partners LLC is the ownership team leading the project. The formal public engagement and agency review process began in July and the project could break ground in Spring of 2022. Stantec brings extensive mixed-use experience in Greater Boston and beyond. Recent projects include The BEAT, the proposed On the Dot mixed-use project in South Boston’s Andrew Square, and the Bunker Hill Housing Redevelopment, among others. Learn more about Stantec’s Boston architecture and design practice