Design Excellence Award, Boston Society of Architects 2008
BIA.studio’s design for the Bridgeport Intermodal Transportation Center was the recipient of a 2008 Design Excellence Award from the Boston Society of Architects. The project is a key component of Bridgeport’s interconnected public transportation complex, linking bus, rail, and ferry services along the Bridgeport waterfront.
The dynamic form of the building, clad simply in zinc panels and glass, is both an iconic, visible symbol of public transportation, and a warm and welcoming place for passengers to wait safely. The ample interior affords views to all outside destinations and is enlivened with several large WPA murals in the overhead spaces. A 1/4 mile pedestrian bridge links the Transportation Center directly to the train and ferry terminals to the west.
Open air bus platforms are organized under two linear steel canopies that provide an elegant protective covering with integrated seating for passengers. Each bus berth is appointed with a custom Glass Art windscreen that is part of the public art installation entitled “Stories on the Go” by Chris Iwerks. The screens combine images and texts themed around journeys to provide added dimension to the traveling experience, as well as increasing environmental protection from wind and rain.