December 6, 2007 - The City of Knoxville
and the Public Building Authority unveiled concept drawings and
floor plans Thursday of the new Knoxville Station Transit Center
featuring a bus platform that will stretch over the James White
construction on the environmentally friendly, 108,000-square-foot
station is set to begin with foundation work in the parkway during
March of 2008.
Jeff Galyon, the PBA's project manager, said the estimated completion
date is late fall of 2009 and the Knoxville Transit Authority would
like to begin operations on January 1, 2010.
KTA currently carries 3.6 million riders annually and expects that
number to climb with the opening of the new transit center that
includes a covered loading area, a lobby where riders can wait in
warmth or air conditioning, depending on the season, and watch a
system that tells riders exactly where the bus they are waiting
on is at that moment.
Currently the main transfer station is outside in front of the
City County Building.
The construction plans were discussed during a public meeting in
the lobby of the Knoxville Civic Auditorium attended by representatives
from the city, KTA, the PBA and the architectural and engineering
firms involved in the project.
"This is something that we have been waiting on for a long
time and it's taken a lot of work to get to this point," said
Mayor Bill Haslam. "So it's exciting to see how the station
will look and how it will work."
The design work isn't completed but Galyon indicated that it was
far enough along to give the public an idea of what the station
will look like - inside and out - and how it will operate.
"We wanted to show people where we are," he said. "We
haven't had a public meeting since July and we've made a lot of
The meeting included a walk through of the new transit center and
a view of what it will look like from First Presbyterian Church,
across the First Creek Valley from the center.
"The patience of KAT passengers and KAT employees will be rewarded
when the transit center is open for business," said KAT General
Manager Cindy McGinnis, "The recent progress made by city officials
and the transit center design team is bringing a great transit center
closer to reality."
The main entrance will be on Church Avenue and will be under the
bus platform. Riders will take the steps up to the platform, which
can handle 20 buses at any one time.
There will be entrances and exits onto both Church Avenue and Hall
of Fame Drive.
The building will be LEED certified meaning that it will use less
energy than conventional buildings and will be built with sustainable
building practices. It will also house some of the Knoxville Transportation
Authority's offices including customer service.
"This facility will help connect downtown to the east across
James White Parkway," said Bill Lyons, Sr. Director of Policy
and Communications. "It creates useable space rather than taking
land from other productive use."
The new Knoxville Station Transit Center has a $29 million price
tag, which includes land acquisition, planning and design costs,
and is being paid for with a mix of city, state and federal dollars.
The city's share is 10% or 2.9 million dollars.
The architectural firms of McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects
and Interior Designers and Bullock, Smith & Partners Inc. are
working together on the project.
Wilbur Smith and Associates is the engineering firm and Johnson
& Galyon is the contractor.