BART Market Street Canopies
San Francisco, CA
VIA’s team worked closely with BART staff to create the concept designs for two prototypical entrance canopies, one for Powell Station and one to Civic Center station as part of an on-going multi-phase project. The initial project phase entailed working together with a committee of representatives from BART and the City of San Francisco in a series of design charrettes and open house outreach sessions. With a compressed schedule (12 months) VIA met all deadlines related to the highly scrutinized public engagement processes and the canopy design helped to realize placemaking goals of many competing interests. The floating horizontal canopy establishes a recognizable icon to aid wayfinding, improves security and weather protection, and minimizes impact to the existing streetscape. VIA’s work also involved the introduction of new materials, and a focus on durability, constructibility, and high aesthetic quality.