Metro Chooses Six Teams to Submit Master Plan Visions for Union Station
Collage of projects by firms from the six teams chosen to submit concepts for a Union Station Master Plan.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Six teams with wide-ranging international experience have been chosen to submit visions for the future development of Union Station. Metro purchased the 1939 station and 38 acres of land around it earlier this year for $75 million.
The master plan study will include commercial development opportunities, the station's physical capacity to meet transit demands while remaining a historic landmark and connectivity to La Plaza, Olvera Street and Little Tokyo. The Union Station site was entitled for six million square feet of development rights under the Alameda District Specific Plan.
Chosen to continue are: EE&K Architects (New York) and UNStudio (Netherlands); Gruen Associates (Los Angeles) and Grimshaw Architects (New York); IBI Group and Foster+Partners (London); Moore Ruble Yudell (Santa Monica); NBBJ (Seattle) and Ingenhoven Architects (Germany); and Renzo Piano Building Workshop (New York) and Parsons (Pasadena).
The six teams, who must still be formally approved by Metro's board, were chosen by staff from 22 responses to a request for interest and qualifications issued in August. This first cut of the project included no specific ideas for the station, but instead focused on the experience of the project team, their management plan and their grasp of the work to be done.
As part of the next phase, the Request for Proposals, each team will be expected to produce one conceptual idea board that will become property of Metro. The process appears similar to that taken by AEG, which unveiled three design concepts for its proposed NFL stadium and events center before eventually choosing Gensler to move forward on the project.
Metro hopes to receive the RFP responses in February 2012.