King of Prussia Rail Project
LOCATION: King of Prussia, PA
OWNER: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
START DATE: 02/2019
END DATE: ongoing
Sowinski Sullivan (SSA) is providing preliminary architectural and mechanical services for the design of five (5) new stations on the proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) through King of Prussia. SEPTA’s goals, by extending the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) through King of Prussia, are to provide a completely exclusive guideway system coupled with improvements at 69th Street Terminal that will enhance mobility between the regions’ two major employment centers and, specifically, to provide faster, more reliable public transit service to the King of Prussia area. This new service will provide improved transit connections from the entire region to King of Prussia, the second largest economic generator in the area. This improved connectivity – to residential and business districts – will serve existing transit riders and new transit patrons.
The architectural design issues that must be understood, addressed, and resolved as part of the 15% Design effort include Functional Planning and Station Imagery. These facilities will become new focal points in their localized areas and must therefore address their neighbors and the passenger approach. This will be accomplished through the provision of connectivity, site amenities and placemaking, as well as sensible design responses to customer needs. SSA believes that the key to success of the preliminary design process for stations and facilities is an interactive, collaborative process that engages stakeholders and disciplines through regular meetings, workshops, charrettes, and presentations. The NHSL extension through King of Prussia will be a transformative project for the region.