New Glossy Subway Hats Top Pershing Square, Civic Center
By Neal Broverman, January 30, 2013
After a year of work, the new subway canopies for the DTLA stations are now complete, reports Brigham Yen. The cover for the Civic Center station, smack dab in the middle of the new Grand Park, was installed late last year and now Pershing Square
has its glassy hat on too. Many of Metro's underground stations will
get the covers, which feature "elliptical laminated panelized glass
roofs with a steel ring beam and steel structure providing weather
protection, lighting, new iconic identity element, and information
systems," according to the project's architect, New York-based STV
Incorporated. The canopies will not only make the stations better lit,
but also prevent people on the very lengthy escalators and stairs from
getting drenched in inclement weather.
New Modern Subway Station Canopies Help Elevate Transit in Los Angeles
By Brigham Yen
January 30, 2013
Pretty much exactly a year ago, we learned that two subway stations in Downtown LA were getting new modern station canopies (courtesy of Metro) that would make the portals both more visible to riders (especially visitors unfamiliar with LA’s transit network) and to help protect the escalators and entryway from the elements. A year later, the two downtown stations — Civic Center and Pershing Square — have now completed construction on the new oval-shaped glass canopies.
Designed by New York-based architect firm STV Incorporated (collaborating on the new WTC transportation hub), the new canopies provide a stronger identity for LA’s subway stations, giving them not only a practical purpose, such as providing ample illumination at night for higher visibility and safety, but also elevating the status of LA’s burgeoning rail network at the same time. As many now know, LA has big transit ambitions with current rail construction projects totaling almost $12 billion (including the $6.3 billion Westside Subway Extension). That puts us at #2 in the entire country only behind New York with $20 billion in rail construction.