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Five finalists vie to win Port Authority Bus Terminal design competition

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The Bus Terminal in New York City (Courtesy Hudconja/Wikipedia)
The Bus Terminal in New York City (Courtesy Hudconja/Wikipedia)

Five finalists have been selected to design a bus terminal for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Included are New York-based firms: Arcadis and Archilier (who’s team come are known as The Archilier Architecture Consortium), Perkins Eastman, New Haven-based practice Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and SOM who are working with STV architects and engineering firms McMillen Jacobs Associates and AECOM under the name “Hudson Terminal Center Collaborative.”

The five teams were chosen as part the Port Authority’s call for submissions to design a bus terminal “at the heart of New York City” (the new terminal will be located near the old one in Midtown). The competition, which is officially called “Port Authority Bus Terminal International Design + Deliverability Competition,” will award $1 million to its winner.

“Building a new Port Authority Bus Terminal will be one of the largest and most important infrastructure projects in this agency’s history and across the nation,” said Chairman Degnan in a press release. “Our competition is open to multi-disciplinary teams from across America and the world, which can prove their skills and expertise are up to the extremely complex task of designing a worthy successor to the world’s busiest bus terminal in the heart of New York City.”

In their submission, the Hudson Terminal Center Collaborative stated that they aim to “create a significant civic gesture, while reclaiming and reconnecting the urban fabric of” New York.

(Courtesy Roger Rowlett/Wikipedia)

The current Port Authority Bus Terminal. The new terminal will be located nearby. (Courtesy Roger Rowlett/Wikipedia)

With the competition touching upon a wide range of disciplines—including architecture and engineering, intermodal transportation operations and planning, construction, land use, and finance—competitors have been urged to form a team that can address these diverse challenges. The competition will also be divided into two phases. Phase One will see teams register and submit preliminary designs meanwhile Phase Two will see shortlisted competitors (from the original group of submitters) propose an updated scheme on the basis of new criteria. This iteration of the bus terminal “must contain a fully deliverable conceptual design and a proposed methodology for delivering the conceptual design.”


“It’s no secret that the existing bus terminal is ill-equipped to meet the needs of passengers today, much less the needs of the future,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “The Design and Deliverability Competition, along with the Core Capacity Study, will take into account the continued growth of the region, including the anticipated increase in traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel—as well as on New York City streets—making this a big step forward in developing a comprehensive solution for trans-Hudson passengers. This will be an open and transparent process that will incorporate input from the region’s stakeholders and, most importantly, it will include extensive involvement from the public.”

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