Perkins Eastman | Lake Street Station

Lake Street Station

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Prior to merging with Perkins Eastman, EE&K—as part of a larger engineering team—designed a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station in Minneapolis that provides access to new BRT service on an elevated portion of I-35 W. The station is situated on two levels, with environmentally-controlled waiting areas at each level for passengers, and clear, open vertical circulation including glass-enclosed elevators between them. At street level, the site is designed to optimize the interface with several modes of transportation, including local buses, private automobiles, taxis, bicycles, and foot traffic.

The project proposal to reconnect the east and west side of Lake Street—the major east/west commercial street in South Minneapolis—under the elevated highway, adding value to the surrounding district.

The design team worked closely with the county, the city, and a well-organized community group to achieve consensus through each step of the process. By focusing initially on the goals of the project, then developing principles and working through an analysis of the site issues, the project gained a constituency and support from a broad group of stakeholders.