Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza & Transit Area

Berkeley, California

City Of Berkeley

Lead Consultant

2005 - Present

Community Design + Architecture has led several successive planning and design phases for the redesign of the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza and Transit Area along Shattuck Avenue. Central project goals are the improvement of pedestrian and bicycle access and the plaza's simultaneous function as a busy transit hub and important public space in Downtown Berkeley. This makes the project a critical part of the city's Streetscape and Open Space Improvement Project (SOSIP), which is intended to increase the number of public open spaces and enhance the streetscapes within its downtown. CD+A is currently contributing cost estimating services for capital and maintenance costs to this parallel planning effort.

During the initial concept planning phase for the BART Plaza, the CD+A Team developed four sketch alternative approaches addressing major design decisions including: the implications of various BRT configurations; moving or modifying the primary BART entry and exit; and opportunities for street closures (including Center Street), new public open spaces, and the potential for realigning the Shattuck Avenue couplet into a two-way street (which has now become a continuing effort of the City's Downtown Plan). The project included a number of interactive workshops with the broader community and meetings with key surrounding business and property owners to develop the final concept plan, which defined both near-term and long-term improvements for the area, and was completed in late 2006.

In 2008, CD+A completed a Project Study Report Equivalent (PSRE) for the preferred alternative that includes a detailed cost estimate and phasing approach for the near-term improvements. In early 2010, CD+A moved the project through the Design Development and Preliminary Engineering stages completing 60% construction drawings, adding additional details such as a series of green infrastructure features that support the city's new commitment to sustainable stormwater management; these infrastructure approaches also enhance tree survivability in this intense urban environment. CD+A also produced initial architectural designs for the Plaza's custom transit infrastructure, including a signature transit shelter and a BART 'head house' that will cover the BART entry at the southern end of the Plaza. Most recently, CD+A assisted the city in successfully securing implementation funding for the project from MTC's TLC grant program. It is expected that the project will go in to its Construction Document phase in late 2013 and construction in 2014.