RAPID RIDE at Shoreline / METROpolis 2030 Aug20


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RAPID RIDE at Shoreline / METROpolis 2030

METROpolis 2030: RAPID RIDE at Shoreline / final review student work

Andrew Thies

Working with King County Metro Transit and the City of Shoreline the studio pursued proposals promoting a strong vision for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along the new Metro Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Rapid Ride ‘E’ line on Aurora Avenue.  At the same time, the studio sought to address the reality of conditions on the ground and be responsive to the concerns and goals of both Metro and the City of Shoreline.   While the physical, social, economic and political conditions are challenging, both Metro and Shoreline are deeply committed to positive urban and environmental change and a strong vision for community life in the 21st century.  As a result, the potential for a fundamental urban transformation of the immediate site and the Aurora Avenue corridor is substantial and offered students an opportunity to explore one of the grand challenges of today, not only as an academic exercise, but as a ‘real world’ project with civic benefit.

Following discussions with Dan Eernissee of the city of Shoreline and David Blum of King County Metro Transit, it was determined that the Aurora Square site at 155th Street and Aurora Avenue has far more potential for TOD and BRT transit center development than the originally proposed transit center at Echo Lake.  The site is bounded by N 160th Street to the north, N155th to the south, Aurora Avenue to the east and property owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation to the west.  Overall, the site is a vast assemblage of parcels amounting to roughly 30 acres of poorly conceived suburban retail development, much of it a parking lot.  The overall site can be subdivided into more manageable sections that correspond to potential phasing of extended TOD development.

An exciting aspect of the site is its relationship to Shoreline Community College, which is slightly more than a quarter mile west of the site on N 160th Street (soon to be renamed College Way).  SCC is a vibrant institution of with an enrollment of 10,000 students, nationally recognized public/private industry partnerships and an extensive performing arts program that is the envy of community colleges throughout Washington State.  Ironically, the college is largely invisible to the surrounding community it serves best online casino and this project offered the opportunity to address this shortcoming through both design and programming.

The final review took place on Monday, August 13th, and included an impressive group of reviewers including David Hewitt and Susan Busch of Hewitt Architects, Alan Hart of Via Architecture and Dan Eernissee, the Economic Development Manager of the City of Shoreline.  The studio was excited to learn the day following the review that the Shoreline City Council officially launched the Community Renewal Area process for the Aurora Square site allowing the project to move forward.  Documentation of the student work will be provided to the City of Shoreline to provide fresh ideas for the site and to inform and enliven the discussion regarding its future.

Written by Rick Mohler, Associate Professor of Architecture at UW / Metropolis 2030 studio instructor.

 Andrew Thies

Andrew Thies


Final Review, August 13th


Final Review, August 13th


Transportation: Metro Rapid Ride Bus Rapid Transit Center; Park and Ride with electric vehicle re-charging stations; Car sharing locations (Zipcar or community car share); Bicycle parking and services.

Housing: A yet to be determined number of student housing units as an extension of SCC to be centrally located within the development; Additional housing units may be proposed in extended areas of the site.

Commercial: Retail and commercial office space; Additional commercial uses could include a bookstore (again, as an extension of SCC), cinema, bars and restaurants.

Performing Arts: Black Box Theater to be used by SCC and other organizations.

Urban Open Space: Essential to the success of this or any urban development proposal is the creation of meaningful and activated urban open space.  An exceptional opportunity is presented by this project to create a pedestrian experience that is in welcome contrast to the surrounding area and provides a catalyst for subsequent positive change.

Green Storm water Infrastructure: As a portion of the extended site will remain as surface parking for the foreseeable future is essential to minimize its environmental impact while enhancing the experience for users.

Green Building Strategies: While specific building design will be limited, strategies for day lighting, passive heating and cooling and on-site energy capture are to be considered at the scale of urban design.


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