Despite ongoing delays, lawsuits, and government holdups, it appears that California’s High Speed RailÂ (HSR) plans (and their associated stations) are ready to move ahead. LastÂ week the United StatesÂ Department of Transportation issued a “Record of Decision”Â for HSR’s initial 114-mile section from Fresno to Bakersfield.
The perforated aluminum skin would replace the previously proposed glass facade. (Courtesy TJPA)
It looks like Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Transbay Transit Center, which stretches about three blocks through the city’s Rincon Hill neighborhood, might go ahead with its first major piece of value engineering. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the architects have suggested that the building’s undulating glass skin become perforated aluminum. The move wouldÂ meet federal safety guidelines and chop $17 million from the estimated $1.59 billion budget for the center’s firstÂ phase. The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) board will beÂ Â asked to approve the change at its March 25Â meeting. The structure is not expected to be complete before 2017.