Entry number: UB07031
Project Name: RTC Transit Shelter Design
Location: Downtown and Las Vegas Strip
Building Type: Transportation - Shelter
Completion Date: 2009
Architect: Tate Snyder Kimsey
Architect: Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects
Civil Engineer: PBS&J
Structural Engineer: LERA
Electrical Engineer: Flack + Kurtz
This project is the design for a series of transit shelters commissioned by the Regional Transit Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to be built along the new ACE rapid transit system. This submittal includes the shelter design for the first route of this system, to run north/south from downtown Las Vegas through the Las Vegas Strip and in a future phase connecting to McCarran International airport. This shelter design is to be used for future additional routes in the ACE system and is therefore to act as an identifiable logo. The intention is that a user anywhere in the Las Vegas valley will recognize an ACE system route by the unique shape of the shelter.
In order to make the shelter adaptable to the 13 unique locations in each direction along the route the design is constructed of modular pieces. This is especially beneficial at stops where site constraints limit the size of the shelter. For example, at one stop the shelter is tucked between two large pillars that support the monorail overhead. By removing one structural bay, the shelter can fit between the columns without sacrificing its function and aesthetic appeal. An additional benefit of this is if the route becomes over-crowded and more vehicles are added, additional bays can be added to the shelters to increase capacity at the stops.
The other main design concern was the comfort of the user. Because Las Vegas is in the Mojave Desert shading is a big concern. In response to this the angle of tilt and the size of the overhang of the canopy as well as the locations of the seats were analyzed and adjusted for optimal UV protection (see page 8). Also, the paint selected for the seats has an additional heat resistant coating so that during times where there is direct sunlight on the seats they do not get blisteringly hot.
The design also takes into consideration the security of the user with a platform that is raised from the road and protected with bollards, traffic barriers and pedestrian railings. Also, security cameras monitor the built in ticket vending machines. `
Each shelter incorporates artwork commissioned from local artists, prominently displayed on the panels behind the seating. Also included at two of the stops are re-located historic Las Vegas neon signs.
A well functioning mass transit system is essential to any sustainability goals of the Las Vegas valley. A reduction of the use of private vehicles lessens air pollution, eases congestion and commute times, lowers the need for expansive parking lots and structures, and reduces consumption of fossil fuels. By designing a comfortable, safe and aesthetically pleasing series of shelters we hope to improve the experience of public transportation and to encourage its use.
Generates energy and is also proof that solar panels need not be rigid and boxy eye sores - they can take the form of the undulating roof and be integrated into the design.
High efficiency fluorescent lighting
In the advertising panels and lit bollards which offsets the energy consumption of the shelter.
Heat island effect
The canopy serves to reduce the heat island effect, which occurs when materials absorb UV light and re-radiate it as heat to the inhabitants below. By choosing a highly reflective white color for the canopy, this effect is minimized.
Reduces the consumption of virgin materials and the waste associated with that process. The seats are made of 71 % or greater recycled content and the trash receptacles are made from 86% or greater recycled content.
Low VOC paint
Minimizes hazardous air pollutants.