Rio Piedras Underground Rail Station, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Rio Piedras Underground Rail Station, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Rio Piedras Underground Rail Station, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Rio Piedras Underground Rail Station, San Juan, Puerto Rico

 
Rio Piedras Underground Rail Station, San Juan, Puerto Rico

AVA's Role
Architect of Record, Urban Designer and Inspector of Record to a Joint Venture Team of Kiewit, Kenny, Zachry (KKZ Construction Contractors) for the Design/Build Contract of the Rio Piedras Underground Stations.

 
Client
Puerto Rico Highways & Transportation Authority Tren Urbano Office
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Project Description
The Rio Piedras Contract consists of two subway stations and tunnels for the heavy-rail underground segment of the first Rapid Rail Transit Project in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This Design/Build Contract of a heavy-rail transit system is a Federal Transit Administration Demonstration Project. The Rio Piedras Station is a stacked drift tunnel station with deep shafts and cut-and-cover entrances at each end. This station lies right across from the Rio Piedras Plaza in a congested part of the Historic District of the City and this has several historic and urban design considerations. AVA was responsible for the architectural design of the entire facility in the context of the existing city. Our team completely redesigning the ancillary equipment spaces to cut eighty (80’) of cut-and-cover construction length from a proposed nine hundred and sixteen (916) foot station box. This had a major impact on reducing construction costs. AVA worked closely with the local Community and State Historic Preservation office to implement façade design in the station headhouse fronting this historic Plaza de Recreo. Other headhouses were designed to blend with the context of the mixed commercial and residential uses of the neighborhood. AVA had an extensive involvement during the construction phase of this station in this congested neighborhood, to ensure quality and durability. Responsibilities included: Architecture, Urban Design and Construction Management.


Cost
Station Cost: $95,000,000
Total Contract: $350,000,000

Status
Completion date: 2005

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