EEhrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects (EE&K) and Knutson Construction have secured a $79.3m design-build contract from Hennepin County to build The Interchange, a transit station and mixed-use development, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US.
The project will become the new ‘central station square’ for the city, situated adjacent to the Target Field sports arena in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighbourhood, and will include a new public area called the Great Lawn, a green space for pre-game events and concerts with 250 parking spaces.
The Interchange will also have a grand stairway called the Cascade, influence by Minneapolis’ Saint Anthony Falls, which will connect the upper and lower plazas of the development.
The Cascade will serve as both a movement system for large crowds and a space for smaller social interactions and performances.
EE&K principal and project architect Peter Cavaluzzi said, "The Interchange will be the nexus of transit and culture in Minneapolis, a high-quality series of places for residents and sports fans to connect, circulate, and gather."
The project will also feature an urban neighbourhood plaza with areas for bars, restaurants, cultural and entertainment spaces, as well as community events.
The station development incorporates a train platform, a parking ramp, storage tracks for light-rail cars and a vertical circulator to move passengers between local trains on the tracks above and the Northstar commuter line on tracks below.
The Interchange will be a connecting point for 500 trains arriving and departing daily, as well as over 1,900 buses.
Hennepin County will pay about $39.1m of the project’s cost, while $17.2m will be funded through state bonds, $10.5m through federal grants, and $10m will be contributed by the Metropolitan Council.
Construction on the project is scheduled to start in July 2012 and is expected to complete in 2014.
Image: The project will become the new central station square in Minneapolis, connecting 500 trains. Photo: Knutson Construction.