The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that a joint venture between UK architect Foster + Partners and US firm A. Epstein and Sons International will design an expanded version of Manhattan’s main bus station.
The development will provide an off-street area for buses waiting to pick-up and drop-off, as well as a storage unit for vehicles between the morning and evening rush hours.
The team will start work immediately, and will stay with the project throughout the design and environmental review phases of the project. It will review, evaluate and provide advisory services on urban design, streetscape, functionalism, community impact, design and spatial strategies, materials, systems, sustainability and interior design.
It will also ensure that the design is consistent with the Port Authority standards and meets the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.
Juan Vieira-Pardo, Foster + Partners’ partner, said: “Already the world’s busiest bus terminal, the project also has the potential to become the most desirable destination in Midtown.
“We believe that together with Port Authority, Epstein, representatives of the surrounding community, stakeholders and passengers, we can help deliver an innovative, state-of-the-art, net zero transportation facility that is fit for the 21st century.”