Metropolis Features Integrated Team Behind ARTIC’s Design
The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center is an intriguing feat of collaborative design and engineering, reports the magazine.
“The newly opened $185.2 million Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) has only just begun realizing its hopes of becoming a world-class gateway, connecting no fewer than seven transit systems (and an eighth on its way, with California finally breaking ground for the construction of the first 29-mile segment of a statewide high-speed rail system), all under a commuter’s cathedral of translucent polymer.”
“ARTIC’s most notable innovation is its geogrid husk. Composed of opaque pillowed ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) membranes covering 200,000 square feet, during the day the station interior is awash with light akin to sunlight glowing through rice paper, while at night the building glows discotheque vibrant. At one-tenth the weight of glass, the foil polymer offered project architects HOK and partner BuroHappold Engineering an unconventional and cost-efficient material capable of canopying the 120-foot-tall, three-story project. “
“Inspired by grand terminals of yesterday, the team used ETFE to realize its aesthetic and sustainability goals, constructing what will soon be the world’s first LEED Platinum intermodal transportation center.”
“ARTIC’s architects, engineers, fabricators, and contractors turned to custom building information modeling (BIM) to ‘design out the risk’ before attempting to span what was to be the largest ETFE structure in the United States.”