Auburn, ME – Harriman recently completed the 1,500sf Great Falls Transportation Center in Auburn. Harriman provided architectural design; structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and interior design services to the city of Auburn for its new station. The general contractor was Benchmark Construction of Westbrook. Other members of the project team include structural engineer, Casco Bay Engineering, and civil engineer, Casco Bay Engineering, both of Portland.
The Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee (LATC) sought a transportation center that would serve as a hub for the Citylink bus service, with a location and design that would allow for local and regional access to the travel corridor for connection to the intercity bus to Portland, Boston, and beyond. Located on the northern edge of Great Falls Plaza, the transportation center offers a warm seating area to accommodate up to 20 passengers, public restrooms, and a break area for drivers. High-top tables and ample electrical outlets provide space for commuters to work on laptops and charge electronics. The project meets the Buy America Act, which requires all products used to be manufactured in the United States.
“The City of Auburn is committed to economic development and providing a first-class quality of life. We pride ourselves on our sustainable and diverse economy, employment and educational opportunities, and wide range of cultural and recreational activities,” said Denis D’Auteuil, assistant city manager for the City of Auburn and vice-chair of the Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee. “Harriman created a transportation facility that serves both our tourists and commuters alike, and aligns with our values to support local commerce and energy efficient transportation. We are proud to provide commuters with this safe, warm transportation center.”
The project was funded by a combination of city money and federal grants from the Federal Transit Administration.
“It was an honor for Harriman to create a high-quality transportation hub right here in our city. We love designing for our community,” said Judy Johnson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal atHarriman. “Public transportation is a safe, affordable transportation option that lessens the impact on the environment. We applaud the City of Auburn for making a commitment to the city’s economic development by providing this transportation center and working towards connecting Auburn to cities like Portland and Boston.”