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RS&H provided environmental analysis, site design and permitting, architectural design, and landscape architecture services for the design of the Marion Transit Center, which sits on 1.23 acres just north of Tampa, Florida’s, vibrant downtown core. RS&H also provided bid-phase support and construction assistance.
The transit center’s hourglass shape, along with its trellis-covered walkways, allow for short walks between buses and shelter from sun and rain. We designed the canopy as a garden arbor and included planter walls throughout the site with ample seating. Using mosaics of small, brilliantly colored porcelain tiles, artist Elizabeth Indianos created two oversized hibiscus flowers in a sea of blue for the center's courtyard. The designs are echoed on the clock tower by a combination of tiles and hand painting and by an even larger floral concrete overlay design set into the floor of the customer service lobby.
The creation of this center is a pivotal step in the future development of the northern area of Tampa’s Central Business District. With the completion of the center, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) intends to change the conception of what a bus facility can mean, not only to its customers but also to its community.
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Hillsborough County, Florida
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART)
Consultant of the Year in Buildings and Grounds
American Public Works Association (APWA) Florida Chapter, 2007
Roy F. Kenzie Award for Best Transportation/Transit Enhancement
Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) Best Book Awards, 2006
Award of Excellence for Community Design
Hillsborough County Planning Commission’s Annual Design Awards, 2004
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