Grand Central StationPinellas County Transit Authority
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority challenged Bacon Group Architecture to accommodate as many buses as possible on a very small site. Because of the high customer and staff traffic, site furnishings had to be durable, and the building had to provide safety and security for staff, modern Customer Service Representative building, and driver amenities.
Affectionately known as the “steering wheel” for its circular design, the new Grand Central Station’s compact design accommodates the small site, with dramatic glass block columns with fiber optics that change colors to give the terminal a dramatic night time appearance, bullet proof glass for safety, and amenities including a driver lounge and public and staff restrooms.
Grand Central Station Fast Facts
LOCATION: St. Petersburg, FL
YEAR COMPLETED: 2002, with additions/renovations 2005
ROLE: Architect of Record and Project Manager
COST: $2.7 million
SQUARE FOOTAGE: 1 acre site, 2,200 SF customer service building
PROJECT OVERVIEW: Located between two busy east-west thoroughfares near the major north-south county artery, this multi-modal terminal serves as the primary transfer station in central St. Petersburg, the largest municipality in Pinellas County.