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Marana and UA team up to build new bus shelters

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Posted: Friday, October 19, 2012 1:43 pm

The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) has teamed with the Town of Marana to design, fabricate and install two bus shelters in the community. The second and largest of the shelters will be installed this Saturday across the street from the Marana Health Center.

Installation will last most of the day. The crane is scheduled to arrive at 9 a.m. for unloading of the walls and roof. CALA students and the crew will then finish the construction, engineers will inspect the shelter and the final touches will be placed. The students’ other shelter, located next to the Health Center, was installed this summer.

Each bus shelter has been designed in response to the conditions of the site and needs of users. Enclosed by steel slats, the shelters eliminate early morning and late afternoon sun during the summers, and provide maximum visibility to standing and sitting guests while still giving them a sense of security. The slats also minimize vertical surfaces that are typically prone to graffiti.

Both shelters are environmentally friendly. Because of the importance of water to the community, each one harvests rain from the roofs. The water is collected through gutters and chains and then deposited in a small planter, which represents the arroyos of the region.

In 2010 and 2011, four other shelters were designed and installed for Pima County as part of the Bus Shelter Prototype project. When representatives from the Town of Marana saw that work presented at a Regional Transportation Authority meeting, they contacted CALA for the development of their own shelters.

Assistant Professor Christopher Trumble is the principal investigator for the project. He and two student interns, David Koenst and Kevin Moore, led the shelter design and development of contract documents – an invaluable experience for the students. Students in a fabrication class then constructed the bus shelters.

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