Port Authority of Allegheny County / Gateway Light Rail Station
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
2012 AIA Pittsburgh Silver Medal
2004 AIA Pittsburgh Award of Excellence
Our team, partnered with Pfaffmann + Associates, proposed an innovative alternative to a solid-wall headhouse and a station sunken below the street. The new headhouse is built of transparent materials allowing uninterrupted views from, into and through the site, providing a "gateway" experience for arriving transit passengers without causing visibility issues for adjacent properties. In addition, the site was excavated to slope from street-level toward the rail platform, providing daylighting, natural ventilation and creating a unique urban plaza in the adjacent, unused plot. The new proposal completely transforms the project without significantly altering the project budget or anticipated completion date. It also better satisfied the goals of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh and the neighboring community by replacing a merely functional design with a forward thinking, visionary civic design solution.