IndyGo Downtown Transit Center Breaks Ground

DTC_groundbreakThe IndyGo Downtown Transit Center will break ground this October, with completion expected at the end of 2015. This high-profile public center will be located on the south side of Washington Street between Delaware and Alabama streets in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The transit center is slated for a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Guidon Design is providing LEED consultation and civil engineering for the 14,000-square foot building.

The Downtown Transit Center is the future hub for Indianapolis transportation. A signature project in the renaissance of downtown Indy, the Transit Center is located on a 1.9-acre parcel of land once owned by the city. It will include an indoor waiting area with public bathrooms and a café as well as covered bus bays where riders can wait with protection from the weather.

The Transit Center also has innovative elements that riders won’t see but will benefit from nevertheless, such as a clean air environment and a weather responsive irrigation system. Guidon Design provided LEED Silver certification support for these features. Our sustainability consultants led the design team through the LEED Silver requirements. These requirements make the building healthier for the public, financially and environmentally sustainable, and more beneficial to the community.

The certification process included evaluating all aspects of the DTC design against sustainability criteria. Everything from the roof down to the site drainage was evaluated. Requirements were set for the contractors to install local products, use recycled content, and ensure a healthy low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) indoor environment. A low VOC environment is healthier and less likely to aggravate visitors’ allergies and respiratory illnesses. Verification of the air conditioning equipment ensured that it has zero ozone depletion potential and very low potential for greenhouse gas emission.

Have you ever seen office park sprinklers watering the lawn during a rainy day? The Downtown Transit Center will have a weather responsive irrigation system to prevent this from happening. The site also includes other sustainability features that save taxpayers money, such as water efficient plumbing fixtures, 100% infiltration of rainwater, pavers that reduce the heat-island effect, and an efficient ventilation and electrical design. Guidon Design’s sustainability consultants worked alongside the design team to verify that these elements met the criteria for LEED Silver.dtc_1

The other members of the design team include URS Group (prime designer), Axis Architecture, and REA.  Bloomington-based Weddle Bros. Building Group LLC was selected as the winning bid for construction. Guidon Design will continue to provide LEED certification support to Weddle Bros. through the construction process.