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  Fort Smith Transit Station

Fort Smith Transit StationArchitect

Guest Reddick Architects
602 Garrison Avenue, #800, Fort Smith, AR

General Description

Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Date Bid: Feb 2009
Construction Period: Mar 2009 to Dec 2009
Total Square Feet: 1,115 Site: .97 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 1,115; total, 1,115 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10’; total to ridge, 23’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type II B.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Myers-Beatty Engineering - 2411 Fayetteville Road #B, Van Buren, AR 72956
General Contractor: Turn Key Construction Management, Inc. - P. O. Box 11124, Fort Smith, AR 72917
MEP Engineer: HSA Engineering Consulting Services - 5701 Euper Lane #A, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Fort Smith’s transit system has long been in need of a facility to serve as a hub where the bus lines can converge once an hour to allow for transfers and a short break for drivers and passengers. The search for a site settled on a long overlooked piece of property leftover from a road realignment project. The site is just under an acre in size and awkwardly shaped, with a large portion dedicated to an easement for a railroad spur serving an adjacent industrial area. However, it is conveniently close to downtown and the convention center. Located at a controlled intersection allows for safe exiting for the buses. The site was already owned by the city and was able to be used as the city’s contribution for federal matching funds.

The program called for room for six buses to load and unload passengers and a vandal resistant building containing restrooms, waiting area, and a driver’s room. The architects chose a palette of materials borrowed from other city owned structures downtown. The exterior is brick accented with glass block and triple brick. Two overhead glass doors allow the waiting and vending area to be open to the outdoors. The roof is standing seam metal, with a large sheltering overhang accented with transit branded metal brackets. The restrooms are block masonry with stainless steel accessories, with abundant natural light filtering in via the glass block windows. A plaza with antique style lights and benches fronts the building. Low maintenance landscaping accents the site.

Product Information
Metal Roof: Petersen Aluminum
Glass Block: IBP Block Grid System
Glass: Pittsburgh
Concrete Dye: Brickform
Overhead Doors: Clopay

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