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Tahoe City Transit Center Honored by American Institute of Architects

April 19, 2013

Placer County’s new Tahoe City Transit Center was honored this month with a prestigious 2013 Small Project Award from the American Institute of Architects. 

The AIA announced this year’s 10 award winners recently in an online edition of its magazine, Architect.

The award-winning Tahoe City Transit Center. 
The panel of judges offered glowing comments on the transit center, calling it "a remarkable piece of regional architecture that is overwhelmingly successful in its design and construction.”

“This is timeless design, executed with materials and a construction approach that rightfully suggests permanence and longevity," the panel said.

Public Works oversaw development of the project and now manages the transit center. It was designed by WRNS Studio and constructed by Gilbane Construction.

“Being recognized by the American Institute of Architects is a tremendous honor for our entire project team,” said 5th District Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “The judges clearly recognized that the transit center complements the scenic beauty of Lake Tahoe and its shoreline.”

She noted the new center serves as a transportation hub for bus riders, bicyclists, pedestrians, park-and-ride commuters and shuttle-services users. It also will help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, which in turn will benefit the lake’s clarity.

“A lot of people contributed to the success of this project, and deserve credit for the recognition it is receiving,” Public Works Director Ken Grehm said. “I particularly want to thank my team at Public Works, WRNS Studio and Gilbane Construction for their hard work and commitment to giving North Lake Tahoe a state-of-the-art transit center that is in harmony with its surroundings.”

The center opened last October. It is located at 165 West Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City just off of Highway 89 south of the “Y.”

The AIA’s Small Project Awards honor the best small-scale or low-budget projects across the nation. The 10 winners of the 2013 awards were announced as part of the institute’s celebration of National Architecture Week.

The AIA award was the second honor received by the transit center this year. Recently, the project was named the Overall Winner of the 2012 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards. The transit center uses two of the area’s predominant materials: Sierra ledge stone and western red cedar.

More information on the AIA awards program is available on the Architect magazine website by clicking this link: TRANSIT CENTER