GoRaleigh Bus Shelter Design Winner Announced

News posted Feb. 16, 2017 - 6:00 am
Bus shelter concept

The City of Raleigh, the Raleigh Transit Authority and ACTIVATE Triangle engaged the local architectural community last Fall in a design competition to create a new standard bus shelter design for the GoRaleigh transit system. The winning design selected by a jury of architects and transit officials, taking public input into account, was the Clark Nexsen design.

We would like to congratulate the winning design team and acknowledge the three finalists from the competition. The other two design teams were from these American Institute of Architects (AIA) Triangle firms: LS3P of Raleigh and Perkins+Will in the RTP.

The Clark Nexsen design team wanted to create a visually sculptural form to highlight the GoRaleigh transit system. Drawing from the angularity of GoRaleigh branding, they envisioned the shelters as a series of landmarks throughout the city. “We wanted to take what is typically a background element in the urban landscape and bring it forward to celebrate public transportation,” said Albert McDonald, senior architect at Clark Nexsen. “We are excited about having a positive impact in our area with the design of this bus shelter.”

A central challenge the Clark Nexsen team had was designing a sculptural form to meet the practical needs of riders. The final design has an integrated bicycle rack and ample seating. A clear acrylic panel on the back provides weather protection while maintaining a sense of openness. Fabrication was completed by Southeastern Architectural Systems.

The winning design will be submitted through a series of reviews and may be replicated at future GoRaleigh bus stops that qualify for shelters. In addition, all three finalists’ shelter prototypes will be reviewed and may be placed at bus stop locations.

ACTIVATE Triangle is an outreach initiative of AIA North Carolina to strengthen the civic role of architecture and design in our community.

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For more information, contact

  • Kelly Wright, Transit Marketing, 919-996-4042
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