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Perkins Eastman designs Open Transit concept for Denver’s Civic Center Station

Renovations to a 30-year-old bus transit hub will improve commutes and lure visitors.

July 08, 2016 |

Denver’s downtown Civic Center Station. Renderings courtesy Perkins Eastman. Click here to enlarge.

Denver’s downtown Civic Center Station is being upgraded to better serve people who take public transit — and possibly those who don’t.

Construction has begun on a $26 million renovation to the 30-year-old station. Perkins Eastman is the project’s Design Architect, SEH is the architect of record, and Mortenson Construction is the prime contractor.

With 18 routes and an average of 15,000 passengers a day, the station is one of the busiest bus depots in the region. Many of the improvements will improve rider commutes, including new concourses and ramp extensions, and nine new bus bays. 

The overall idea, however, is to attract non-commuters through development opportunities via an Open Transit design, where shops, restaurants, plazas, parks, and other public places turn the station’s transit element into a bit of an afterthought.

The terminal building will be enclosed in glass to enhance visibility and openness. Located near several cultural centers, museums, and libraries, the station’s expansive terrace will provide views of Broadway and the Capitol dome.

Construction is expected to be completed by September 2017. Nearby land was also acquired for future use by the Regional Transportation District, the public transit provider for the six counties in the Denver metro area.

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