A Modern Hub Connecting Napa and the greater Bay Area
The Transit Center, a connection between Napa and the greater Bay Area, is situated in downtown Napa, serving the greater Napa Valley community. The Center is a bridge between the multimodal transportation of trains, buses and cars. The lower level houses the public spaces, such as the covered entry area, ticketing, restrooms and the large board/meeting room. The upper level houses the Napa County Transportation Planning Agency offices and workstations, parallel to and overlooking the Napa River. The project was completed in early 2013 for a construction budget of $4.85 million.
- An 8,334 sq. ft. building encompasses administrative offices, 2 conference rooms, a board room and transit ticket offices on a 1.5 acre site.
-The building mediates between the bus stops and the automobile parking.
-The massing to the north is one story, paying respect to the adjacent residential neighborhood. The rest of the building is two stories, fitting into the industrial surroundings.
- The building form and aesthetics echo the historical industries and vernacular buildings in the Soscol Gateway/ East Napa area.
- The shed forms and exposed wood glue-lam beams draw from the utilitarian design of the earlier barn structure of the industrial and residential buildings.
- The large shed slopes to the south to incorporate the photovoltaic panels for solar renewable energy.
- The narrowness of the building footprint was designed to bring in maximum natural light and ventilation.
- The façade of the building is clad with corrugated metal, for durability and low maintenance. The colors of the metal siding evoke the memory of the historical industries of wine, wool, lumber and leather.
- The large storefront windows and the interior clerestories, with clear and translucent glazing, bring in natural light, ventilation and open views to the surroundings.
- The building is the first public building to meet the new Napa County Green Building Ordinance standards, consistent with LEED standards.