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This design is pleasing to the eye, looks relatively inexpensive to build,and commuter friendly. Having the option to buy snacks on the go is great, the way this design accomplishes it is genius
Posted Sep 11, 2009 11:09 PM by clairelynette

Posted Sep 21, 2009 12:09 AM by graystone

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food + A FREE RIDE

Submitted by blip430 on September 09, 2009

Sitting around waiting on the next bus to come can be a bore, but it doesn’t have to be that way. At the new University of Utah transit HUB, commuters no longer have to sit staring off into space as they wait for the next bus to come by. GPS trackers offer real-time arrival data for all awaiting passengers to have an idea of how long they have to wait and an attached snack shop that offers coffee, candy, soda pop, and delicious cookies make the wait a little more bearable. Its location is also key to the convenience of this centrally located bus stop. It is located adjacent to the University’s visitor parking, it is aligned with a major thorough fare, and it a central node in the pedestrian linkage between the light rail stop to the southeast and the University quad to the northwest. This also makes it a prime spot for being more than a bus stop. It has the potential for being the break spot for more than the commuters who use it. Students and Faculty can use this to pick up their cup(s) of coffee or other refreshments between classes as well as a spot to congregate with other peers in the sitting area. The building’s form, with its 24’ high tower acts a beacon landmark from far around to draw in its users.

Located attached to the bus stop is a small 150 sq. ft. snack shop. It is intended to give the convenience of a vending machine but the personal interacting of a café. The snack shop is large enough to accommodate a coffee shop, candy and cold drinks, as well as delicious baked goods. The open air counter is exposed and engages to the public space directly in front of the shop along the main pedestrian path. It is a large enough open space to serve customers at the counter as others are passing through the space.

The benefit of having an attached for-profit retail space has many layers. I was most interested in two aspects that I felt can be to solution to problems that have plagued most bus stops: security and cleanliness. The first was the added eyes at the bus stop to provide a sense of security to the commuters. This would allow for more people to feel comfortable taking the bus who may have been uneasy about it prior. The second is the retail shop’s stake in the appearance and upkeep of the bus stop. Since it is a part of the retailer’s image and well as the transit authority’s, it would be a part of the retailer’s responsibility to maintain the area since they are ever present.

In my attempt to make a mixed use space that incorporated uses that may have varying hours of operation, there was the task of creating a solution that could function not only as barrier for after-hours security but to also keep the spatial feel of unit as a whole. The result would have to give full access to the retail space during the day and at night still function as a landmark for those looking to ride the transit bus. The result was to take a segment of the wall from the rounded-plan snack shop and put it on guiding tracks. During the day the wall would be tucked away at the back of the counter where it would be out of the way leaving the front counter open to serve customers. After the snack shop has closed, the wall would be rolled around to in front of the counter to fully and securely enclose the store. The segment has been punched with the University of Utah’s logo that would be back lit to serve as a pedestrian level landmark.

Sponsored by the Utah Transit Authority, Federal Transit Authority and The University of Utah