The Court Street Transportation Center is a multi-use, multi-modal transportation center located in downtown Iowa City, Iowa. The center was constructed in two phases. Phase I contains up to six levels of parking for 645 cars, an inter-city bus facility, a 7,000-square-foot daycare center, covered bicycle parking, and public art. The center functions as a park-and-ride facility operated in conjunction with Iowa City Transit. Phase II contained a 25,000-square-foot commercial space for office and retail use. The project was funded through a grant from the FTA. The project’s location has a significant impact on the organizational layout of the facility.
During design, key issues included compatibility with the adjacent property uses, and encouraging future development within the area. The future commercial space is located along Burlington Street to respond to the downtown and enhance the aesthetics of the streetscape. The daycare component is positioned along Dubuque Street responding to the residential uses across the street as well as providing suitable pick-up/drop-off parking. The inter-city bus operations are placed along Court Street keeping bus traffic off Burlington Street and away from the residential neighbors along Dubuque Street. The parking structure was pulled away from the sidewalk edge to provide a pedestrian-friendly experience, as well as minimizing the impact of the five-story structure.
The goal of the exterior design was to delineate each functional component as an individual, unique element, but to do so with a common palette of materials to create a unified aesthetic.