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New transport hub will offer a sense of arrival

“A 'best practice' design that does what it is supposed to do; future proofing a mid-density multi-model transport and living precinct,” Ann Lau, Judge.

Project: Sacramento Valley Station Area Plan

Award: Future Projects – Urban Design, Silver, 2022

Location: Sacramento, California, USA

Architect: Perkins & Will

Client: City of Sacramento

The Sacramento Valley Station Area Plan aims to transform a car-dominated station area into an intermodal transportation hub fitting for California’s capital and the seventh busiest station in the USA.
The existing station is served by many disconnected transport providers. The plan stitches these different elements together to offer an efficient and seamless interchange between regional rail, light rail, buses, taxis, private vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.
It also maximises the untapped potential of land surrounding the station to offer housing, commercial spaces, a hotel and public gardens and plazas, creating an inviting and inclusive new community-focused neighbourhood. 

Design highlights

The vibrant new Transit Plaza is designed to provide for safe and comfortable travel movement for commuters in a hurry, while also inviting people to linger and enjoy the public plaza for leisure and programmed events throughout the day.
A regenerative utility centre at the heart of the plan features a combined wastewater treatment and energy generation facility. All buildings on site will be powered with 100% renewable energy while 100% of the community’s water will supplied on-site through a water recycling system.

Photo credit: Steelblue for City of Sacramento / Perkins&Will


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