John Olver Transit Middle / Charles Rose Architects
Textual content description offered by the architects. The John W. Olver Transit Middle, positioned in Greenfield, MA, is the primary net-zero transit heart in the US. It was funded partially by the FTA and ARRA. Since its completion, the 24,000 SF intermodal transit hub has launched high-performance design to Franklin County, demonstrating a dedication to sustainability and moral design. The challenge serves as a depot for regional and interstate bus strains, a station for AMTRAK’s Vermonter and Valley Flyer strains, and an workplace for the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. The challenge acquired a 2023 AIA COTE High 10 award.
From xeriscaping to sustainable applied sciences, this challenge brings a broad vary of ecological and environmental values to the guts of the neighborhood. The design course of fostered a multidisciplinary effort that built-in engineering, constructing expertise, structure, and panorama structure right into a seamless, holistic design. Architectural design selections benefited from real-time power modeling suggestions, resulting in the optimization of type and orientation, fenestration, and methods. Thermal modeling of particulars was built-in all through the design course of to remove thermal bridging.
Along with a high-performance envelope and decreased power hundreds, passive design methods embody daylighting, thermal mass temperature regulation, inside and exterior shading, a photo voltaic wall for preheating make-up air within the winter, and pure air flow. Lively methods included 22 geothermal wells, water-sourced warmth pumps, chilled beams, power restoration methods, and occupant engagement guided by an power “dashboard.” On-site power era features a 98kW photovoltaic array.
The challenge supplies 24,000 sf of adaptable neighborhood house on the heart of the city– areas with non-fixed furnishings all through guaranteeing that the constructing could be simply reprogrammed as wanted. The house has an open structure and accommodates neighborhood assembly areas, county authorities workplaces, and a regional transit heart. The challenge addresses financial inequality and monetary vulnerability, by offering a neighborhood useful resource and entry to public transportation.