Northeast Collaborative Architects designs multimodal connector in Rhode Island
Interlink is the first intermodal transportation center in the Northeast Corridor to connect air travelers with commuter rail service to Boston and bus service to Providence, Newport and other Rhode Island cities. Interlink's development eliminated 20 parking lots surrounding the airport and repurposed the space with a dynamic structure that consolidates car rental agencies into a 4,000 space long-term parking garage.
Interlink continues to attract new developers to the area who transform nearby blighted parcels into hotels, restaurants, retail stores, and affordable housing. Interlink also draws major airlines to T. F. Green Airport. Rhode Island Airport Corporation and Rhode Island Department of Transportation were the clients who directed the $267 million project.
Interlink positions Rhode Island as a sustainable development leader by expanding public transportation, fueling economic recovery, ensuring future development opportunities and placing T.F. Green Airport among the top airports in New England's competitive market. Interlink is an elevated glass structure that rises 35 ft and spans a quarter-mile. The exterior references the convergence of air and rail transportation. Motion articulated by wind and wave currents defines Interlink's aesthetic.
Approximately 70,000 sq ft of glass was used to construct windows, walls, and escalator rails. Horizontal glass bands vary in colour, size and intensity to evoke a serene environment. Sculptured ceilings and colorful rubber flooring echo motion by undulating in flowing forms throughout the expanse. Colours indicative of daybreak and dusk punctuate the ceiling with bold hues.
Passengers arriving at T.F. Green Airport enjoy an unimpeded six-minute connection to the train station, rental car facility, and parking garage on moving walkways that transport travelers 100 ft per minute. The stair tower or knuckle acts a transition between airplane and train. Interlink's Green features include sun shades, energy-efficient lighting, occupancy sensors and recycled steel, aluminum, concrete and rubber construction materials.