Nevada City firm wins design contract for transit center |

Nevada City firm wins design contract for transit center

When bids came in from Tahoe to the Bay Area for the right design for Grass Valley’s new transit center, a local company bested the competitors.

Siteline Architecture of Nevada City will design the new, $1 million Gold Country Stage transit center on Tinloy Street in Grass Valley.

Designers plan to use the center to transform a small part of downtown.

“The project is a complex challenge, as the site needs to serve three purposes at the same time: Transit facility, creek parkway and downtown streetscape,” said Siteline architect Andrew Pawlowski.

“The most rewarding part of the project is that we are taking an unremarkable stretch of what amounts to freeway frontage road and turning it into something that serves not only transit riders, but also gives the whole community a small urban park in a creek-side setting,” Pawlowski added.

County Public Works authorities chose Siteline’s bid as the best from about 20 they received for the project.

“Our goal was to find the firm most qualified to do the project,” said Nevada County Transportation Planner David Garcia. “Whether they were local or not, we wanted to find the most qualified designer. It was really positive that Siteline had the best design and was local.”

The project will relocate the existing transfer station at Church and Neal streets to Tinloy between Bank and Bennett streets along Wolf Creek. According to a Siteline press release, the facility will feature two bicycle racks, a drinking fountain and lighting set in a mix of landscaping and walking paths.

County officials expect to advertise for and award a construction bid for the project by mid-summer, Garcia said. Completion is expected by sometime this fall.

The project is funded through $300,000 in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act dollars, federal transit earmarks and California Proposition 1B funds.

According to Siteline, the design includes local historical architectural elements.

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail or call (530) 477-4239.

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