On December 13th, 2014 the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, or ARTIC for short, opened its doors. The center provides opportunities for economic growth, job creation and new attractions for the Orange County area. ARTIC incorporates different modes of transportation, unique dining offerings and even educational and meeting opportunities all in a stunning, environmentally friendly structure.
The first of its kind transit hub connects Metrolink, Amtrak, bus and taxi services. Electric vehicle charging stations and short and long-term parking are available. ARTIC will incorporate high-speed rail connections in the future as well.
The center will provide travelers with exciting dining options with everything from handcrafted artisan coffee drinks to gourmet fresh oysters, even steam kettle dishes cooked right in front of the customer. ARTIC is a hub for travelers as well as foodies.
ARTIC offers educational experiences as well, with guided tours of the LEED Platinum accredited facilities for students and professionals. The tour can incorporate lessons on architectural innovation, transportation, sustainability, economic impact and more. Meeting and event space is also available.
We had the pleasure of chatting with Stacey Kaszton, ARTIC Director of Marketing, about the center’s offerings and background.
ARTIC is a breathtaking structure! Can you give us some background on the design?
We were inspired by architectural beauty, functionality, and sustainable design. It was important the project met all three components. We put the project out to bid and received several designs, which met our requirements, but ultimately selected the design from HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff. When looking at the artist renderings you see a beautiful design of form and function. We are very happy with the design of ARTIC.
ARTIC was carefully planned to earn LEED Certification. Can you describe the most innovative, exciting LEED certified component incorporated into ARTIC’s design?
It is difficult to highlight just one element completed for LEED certification, there are so many. What is most visible is the ETFE material, which acts as a shell over the steel beam structure. The ETFE material is highly energy efficient, durable, and allows commuters and visitors to enjoy the open expanse. It really is quite remarkable. I also like to point out the radiant floors and window ventilation for energy efficient heating and cooling.
What can we expect at ARTIC in 2015?
We look forward to the dining options, which will open this year. We have signed tenant lease agreements with several restaurateurs who will open their establishments this spring and will serve those commuting, meeting for lunch or dinner, or before or after a sporting event or concert.
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