16,640 sf station, 1,546 m2, 7 acres, 2.8 hectares
Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Urban Planning and Design
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) LEED-NC-Silver
adaptive re-use, bio-retention, community development, district plan, environmental science, green design, landscape architecture, landscape for stormwater control, leadership in energy and environmental design, leed, low-impact development, mixed-use, planning, public outreach, streetscape, transportation, transportation planning, united states green building council, urban design, urban planning, urban regeneration, usgbc
Location is everything, especially when you're connecting regional and local transit to a community's rider base. For this major rail station, SmithGroupJJR conducted a site assessment that resulted in its location near The Henry Ford—Michigan's top tourist spot. This confluence of cultural and commercial traffic became the strategic core of a dynamic transit-oriented development (TOD) plan for Dearborn.
In addition to providing an efficient intermodal hub, plan benefits include increased residential density and broader economic development. The station serves Amtrak, regional commuter trains and the Midwest High Speed Rail Initiative, with connections to buses, shuttles, car service and non-motorized greenways.
The project underscores SmithGroupJJR's ability to offer a big-picture, guiding vision and then deliver on execution through consensus-building among public and private stakeholders. SmithGroupJJR held community workshops, met with leaders of the Ann Arbor-to-Detroit commuter rail initiative, and focused on economic revitalization to help galvanize support. The firm is currently completing final site design and urban design for the project.