Michael Baker provided design services for a state-of-the-art regional transportation center in the La Villa area.
The $40 million combined mass transit hub will improve the flow of traffic by integrating multiple modes of transportation, including local and regional bus networks, taxis, rental car services, elevated rail service and any future national rail service. The elevated urban plaza will also feature a large open area with mixed-use retail opportunity.
Our team’s innovative and progressive JAXIS design presents a shared vision for a modern transit facility that sets the stage for future development in the area. In addition to uniting existing disjointed transportation entities, the design accommodates and encourages future active modes of transportation. Widened sidewalks and new walking and bike paths linked to the existing roadway system will provide convenient access to the JAXIS building, surrounding neighborhoods, and nearby historic convention center.
Skyway Terrace, a raised outdoor public space at the second floor of JAXIS and the existing elevated station, will provide a vibrant shared space where visitors can relax and enjoy views of the Jacksonville skyline. The Terrace is the future home for restaurants, outdoor seating, public art displays and a variety of community events and gatherings.
The functional and full-service design will serve thousands of travelers expected to pass by and through the new center each day. The JAXIS design introduces the use of guided portals called gateway features to ease traffic congestion by smoothly transitioning a high volume of fast-moving vehicles into a network of neighborhood streets and transit drop-off points. The addition of new gateway features will help to create more predictable traffic flow patterns, allowing for seamless connections to the high capacity I-95 and I-10 roadways.
The JV team provided full transit architecture and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) design; urban planning; construction administration; civil engineering; transportation engineering; landscape architecture; and site design services.
“As a collaborative team, we have crafted a context-sensitive design that will dramatically increase the capacity and value of the city’s transit network.”
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