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04.23.2014
Transit Oriented
Brooks + Scarpa designing transit plaza for Seattle's light rail extension.
By 2018, the city expects 5,400 daily riders on the South Link extension.
Courtesy Brooks + Scarpa

While in May 2013 construction started on the 1.6-mile light rail extension from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to South 200th Street and 28th Avenue South, the board of directors at planning partners Sound Transit and the City of SeaTac recently announced the winning design/build team for the area surrounding Angle Lake Station: Brooks + Scarpa/Harbor Pacific–Graham/BergerABAM.

The south link extension will run along 28th Avenue South on an elevated double-track guideway, ending at the Angle Lake Station. The station—an elevated central platform at South 200th Street—will serve as a transit hub, supporting park and ride, 1,050 parking spots, passenger drop-off areas, and connections between the light rail and bus services. Also planned is public art, landscaping, improved traffic circulation, a rainwater harvesting system, and rooftop solar panels.

 
 

The station itself is designed by Via Architecture, while the Brooks + Scarpa design/build team is responsible for the transit plaza, which includes a 1,000-plus-space parking garage with a warped glass facade that extends as a canopy well into a meandering public space. The project also includes a drop-off area and retail space. A total of 35,000 square feet will be reserved for future transit-oriented development.

The budget for the South Link expansion is $383 million, with funding coming from a variety of sources including TIGER III grants, the Washington Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Puget Sound Regional Council. Construction will begin this summer, with an estimated opening in late 2016–in conjunction with service starting on the northern extension from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington. The city expects 5,400 daily riders on the South Link extension by 2018.

Ariel Rosenstock

 

The station design by Via Architecture.
Courtesy Via Architecture