Modular Building Institute

Greyhound Bus Terminal

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Company:
Modern Building Systems, Inc.
Affiliate:
Modern Building Systems, Inc.
Location:
Seattle, WA
Building Use:
Bus terminal
Gross Size of Project:
2977 Square Feet
Days to complete:
137

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    This newest jewel with Greyhound Bus Lines is a very modern inter-modal terminal just opened in Seattle, WA. The client wanted extremely heavy-duty building specifications in order to stand up to the number of customers using the facility daily, and desired very low maintenance too. To that end, the exterior featured heavy-duty metal AWIPS insulated panels on the roof mansard and building exterior. The interior showcased stained and polished concrete floors, providing attractiveness and unmatched durability. Both restrooms featured ceramic tile walls and floors, providing excellent product durability while adding color and vibrancy to the interior. All high-traffic areas used high-impact wall wainscoting to help deter vandalism. Other institutional-grade items included U.S. Postal-grade exterior “bump-doors”, cabinetry with solid-surface countertops, plus solid Phenolic restroom partitions and continuous hinges to better handle the high-usage demands at the facility.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Greyhound Bus Lines, in partnership with the City of Seattle, negotiated a long-term lease on a previously unusable urban infill site underneath existing freeway overpasses. This site is nestled between giant concrete support pillars, a parking garage and the Sound Transit inter-urban Light Rail line. The City of Seattle stated that the new terminal has improved public transportation, as it is conveniently located directly next to Seattle Metro bus terminal, within walking distance to Century Link Football Stadium and across the street from Safeco Baseball Field. This structure is a non-combustible steel structure which was transported without a floor and then installed on a poured concrete slab. Because it was an over-height “super-load”, it required delivery between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. This approach achieved the required 10’ interior ceilings and allowed the structure to be placed on its foundation within hours of arriving on site.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    This new bus terminal utilized a wide-range of environmentally friendly, energy-saving features, inherent with today’s modular construction. The structure’s building shell boasts a reduced heat-loss co-efficient due to the use of insulated metal wall panels with building insulation (R45 rating). This was in addition to the R38 insulation in the roof and rigid insulation under the floor. This new structure also utilized high efficiency, electric, roof-mounted heat-pumps, insulated low-e windows and doors, the latest in moisture and air-infiltration building wraps, plus occupancy sensors for florescent lighting. The construction process utilized a substantial number of recycled composite materials whenever possible for superior efficiency, including zero waste streams on-site and in the factory.
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