IKM Inc

Grant Street Transportation Center


Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Completion: 2008
Project Area: Greyhound 68,156 ft2 || PPAP 385,678 ft2
Services: Architecture


The Grant Street Transportation Center project combines many unique design elements in a solution that maximizes the site and takes advantage of the highly visible location at the confluence of three main avenues in downtown Pittsburgh.  The split scheme design, created because of an elevated railroad bridge bisecting the property, results in virtually two distinct garages and accommodates parking for 1,000 cars in total.

The design solution for the Transportation Center treats the structure as a building of more importance because of its prominent location adjacent to the city’s cultural district; its proximity to the nearby Convention Center, and as a gateway to the popular shopping area known as the Strip District.  Attractive perforated metal panels on all sides form the building’s skin, hiding the sloping floor lines of the parking ramps and masking the functional features of the garage.

A glass tower topped with the Parking Authority logo and 7-story decorative polycarbonate sail announce the entrance to the Greyhound Bus Station. Rear projection LED displays allow the sail to randomly change colors for visual interest.

The design also provides retail space to occupy one corner of the building reinforcing the existing pedestrian street patterns. Office space is provided to accommodate the bus terminal’s business transactions.