Alvarado Transportation Center
The Alvarado, the former site of a much-loved historic Fred Harvey hotel, was perfectly suited for an inter-modal center due to its proximity to rail, interstate, and local bus operations in downtown Albuquerque. The new center has contributed to the City's efforts to revitalize downtown.
The design connects history with functionality and culture with technology. Architectural details - massive stucco walls, clay tile roofs, open arcades, and brick paved promenades – recall expressions from the Old Alvarado Hotel complex. A "bus rodeo" was also held during the design phase to verify that bus circulation paths and clearances were appropriately incorporated.
A design charrette brought together users, the design team, and the public to successfully develop a functional design that remains sensitive to the unique urban and historical contexts of the site. Completed in phases, the center now houses a city transit transfer facility, transit offices, a customer service center, transit-oriented retail spaces, and a new combined rail and interstate bus depot with a maintenance facility.