Completed in the fall of 2012, the Tahoe City Transit Center (TCTC) represents a vital step toward achieving a more sustainable transportation network within the region. Located in Tahoe City, the TCTC incorporates:
Bus loop for six regional buses
Surface parking for 130 cars
Transit facility with two restrooms, administrative space, built-in bike lockers, and an enclosed meeting area for up to 40 people
By configuring the facility as a bus loop, with buses loading and unloading on both sides, the facility’s footprint was able to be minimized. Shaped like a boat, with long wooden slats along the underside, the roof is supported by a few stone columns to allow views of the landscape to pass underneath.
A snow melt system around the edge of the roof gradually melts the snow, and a rainwater harvesting system collects the water in gutters, stores it in a 4,000-gallon cistern, and reuses it for irrigation and toilet flushing. The building conserves energy in a number of ways.
Laminated solar cells are integrated into the roof, supplying most of the facility’s peak load
Operable windows and a clerestory facilitate natural ventilation
Thermally massive walls, high-performance insulated glazing, and radiant heating further reduce energy consumption
The TCTC has received a number of awards, including:
2013 Small Project Award from the American Institute of Architects
Declaration as one of the American Public Works Association’s 2013 Public Works Projects of the Year
Overall Winner of the 2012 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards
$68,000 in TOT funding was allocated to help pay for signage at the TCTC.