PACIFIC NORTHWEST HIGH SPEED RAIL
MT. TALBERT STATION
Alexandria Donati University of Oregon Planning Studio, Fall 2011 Landscape Architecture Department
TABLE OF CONTENTS
STATION SECTIONS ILLUSTRATIVE STATION AREA PLAN
NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS
SITE CONTEXT OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS
SITE CONTEXT SE 82nd Ave.
Mt. Talbert Station 52.2 Total Acres
Station Site 1/4 Mile Radius
Located directly adjacent to the convergence of Interstate 205 and the Union Pacific line, Mt. Talbert station area is the northern-most area evaluated during Oregon City/Gladstone analysis. Currently the land is being used as a site for cellular towers. It is located next to Mount Talbert Nature Park, offering great potential for high-speed rail in this location to increase access to a large parcel of managed open space. This site is the only location of all analyzed mapped sites to be located in direct proximity to existing high density housing, without encroaching upon successful lower density residential development. Mt. Talbert is relatively isolated when considering proximity to cultural and economic amenities, however, it is very well placed within an existing circulation network. During preliminary mapping to locate good station areas, of all 12 mapped station area locations this site ranked second overall, third in economic viability, third in history and sense of place, and first in circulation. Green indicates all â€˜goodâ€™ station area locations discovered during preceding analysis phase.
Red identifies Mt. Talbert Station location
OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS OPPORTUNITY 1- Large open and natural spaces can contribute positively to the sites aesthetic qualities and visitor experience.
OPPORTUNITY 2- This site is home to many family wage manufacturing job that can benefit form. The station would bring new industry, in a variety of disiplines, to contribute knowledge and skills and research. OPPORTUNITY 3- An exiting creek creates the potential, if managed properly, for attracting attract wildlife.
OPPORTUNITY 4- Proximity to medium density residential is potential for growth.
CONSTRAINT 1- Interstate 205 creates a barrier bisecting the east and west portions of the site. Many engineering issues are present.
CONSTRAINT 2- Dynamic circulation linkages may create a difficult challenge for proposed transit. Engineering problems may arise when attempting to retrofit the I-205 overpass to accomodate the new ROW of the station building, train tracks and platforms, car, bus, bike and pedestrian lanes. CONSTRAINT 3- An existing cemetery prohibits development in this area and challenges the connectivity of land use relationships.
CONCEPT Transforming Industry
A model for shared knowledge and collaborative industry, centrally located, that produces valuable methods, ideas and products for the future.
Vancouver Portland Salem
Innnovation noun the action or process of innovating. â€˘ a new method, idea, product, etc. : technological innovations designed to save energy.
Corvallis Albany Springfield
Researchers Developers Manufactuers Organizations Experts
The high speed rail station performs like a transformer: turning input energy into output energy of greater value. The station area attracts intellectuals and professionals from throughout the region to work at its many professional campuses. The station facilitates quick and efficient travel for researchers, scientist, fabricators and teachers with industry and innovation centralized. A variety of multidisciplinary professionals joined together encourages new methods and ideas to grow in a convenient, inspiring atmosphere.
MIXED USE DISTRICT
DESCRIPTIVE DESIGN The main objective is to ensure that the station site performs as a pivot to the rest of the surrounding station area. The circulation, land use connections and surrounding residential neighborhoods oscillate around the high speed rail site in an integrative, collective manner. The stations primary function is to provide an industrial hub for the region. Collecting professionals from different disciplines and making this area a vibrant location for research, development and manufacturing.
MIXED USE DISTRICT OPEN SPACE
NATURAL SYSTEMS PARKS AND OPEN SPACE
NATURAL OPEN SPACE NATURAL OPEN SPACE
PLAZA OPEN SPACE PLAZA OPEN SPACE
STORMWATER CATCHMENT STORMWATER CATCHMENT
existing natural systems
proposed natural systems
The existing natural systems of this site are dynamic and expansive yet stand fragmented and under-utilized. The design proposal attempts to unite major open spaces by using the station site as linkage.
creates a visual awareness of the surrounding natural systems while also providing a physical connection for people to enjoy recreational activities.
Mt. Talbert Park and Harmony Rd. neighborhood park is connected by a large ecological corridor. The corridor spans under the 205 and directly interacts with the circulation of the high speed rail station. This connection
The proposed open spaces also serve as a storm water catchment system for the entire station site and the west side of Mt. Talbert. With water present, these open spaces would be planted with local species, providing habitat for birds and other small animals. PAGE 7
FIGURE GROUND BUILT
OTHER MAJOR TRANSIT
UNION PACIFIC ROW
existing figure ground
proposed figure ground
The existing built fabric of the site indicates a montage of different building relationships and layouts that are not compatible and seem to lack a cohesive rhythm. The proposed figure ground diagram shows the new building layout of Mt. Talbert station and surrounding area. The new proposed built fabric greatly considers the importance of the relationship
between the buildings and their corresponding open spaces. Buildings have been designed with street frontage, This will encourage the company of pedestrians while other spaces have been designed using the buildings to form enclosed open space, plazas and courtyards.
LAND USE MIXED USE
PARKS AND OPEN SPACE
INDUSTRIAL CAMPUS/BUSINESS PARK
MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL
existing land use
proposed land use
The sites existing land use conditions show that a variety of functions occur at this site. Although there is a multiplicity of uses, this patchwork of zones have no strong compatible relationship or interaction. Industrial and medium density residential are the larges land use zones. The proposal for renewd land use considers this abundance and projects for future expansion. The proposed land use diagram shows how the design has considered the
infill of research and development industries to the existing manufacturing industries to create zones of industrial campuses. The proposal also considers the exponential growth attributed to the installation of a high speed rail system and appropriately integrates mixed use development within existing medium density residential.
NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS NEIGHBORHOODS
MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT
INDUSTRIAL CAMPUS DISTRICT
MIXED USE DISTRICT
MT. TALBERT STATION DISTRICT
Clackamas Johnson City
existing neighborhoods and districts
After simplifying the previous existing land use, three distinct districts became apparent. This design proposal capitalizes on the large existing land use aggregates and attempts to integrate the functions that each serve independently. The proposed diagram shows that with new developments and changes to land use residential, commercial and industrial districts are still prominant.
proposed neighborhoods and districts
The station in a sense acts as a pivotal point at which activity oscillates around it. The intention to incorporate industrial campuses, residential neighborhoods and mixed use development is to maximize space, functionality and efficiency.
BUILDING TYPOLOGIES Housing typologies have a strong influence over the â€˜feelâ€™ and demographic of a neighborhood. The main approach here was to create large gathering spaces in which the buildings surround. These large spaces create community within a residential neighborhood and foster collaboration between researchers, developers and manufacturers. These spaces provide an opportunity for people to share ideas, time and words with one another.
Within mixed use districts the spaces created by the proposed building layout allows for public gathering in front of retail stores and cafes. They can also serve as private residential open spaces and/or community food gardens. These communal spaces would be an asset for residents, community members, businesses and professionals alike.
BUILDING MASSING Views from buildings are directed towards the natural open spaces for pleasing scenery. Building heights are organized so that views from residential spaces, offices and commercial establishments are optimized. Black indicates the tallest of the buildings located the closest to the high speed rail station. The color gradient indicates the change of heights as the buildings fade out towards the natural areas where the shortest of the proposed buildings are located. The shortest buildings are located closest to the natural areas to be as least abrasive as possible to the natural systems and to avoid obstructing views. The 1-3 story buildings are also furthest away from the high speed rail station to leave space for highly valuable real estate.
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view to mt. talbert from station
view to station
The stationâ€™s location and configuration maximizes views to the surrounding landscape, giving visitors a direct sightline to Mt. Talbert and the proposed park below.
TRANSPORTATION MAJOR ARTERIAL
TRIMET BUS LINE
OTHER MAJOR TRANIST
TRIMET BUS STOP
OTHER MINOR TRANIST
MAX/BUS LINE BIKE PATHS
There are three major transportation moves that take place in this planning proposal: The extension of the MAX line from Portland to the proposed station, long and short-term parking, and pedestrian and bike routes throughout open spaces and connecting to major and minor arterials.
and adjacent to proposed industrial and research campuses â€” potentially drawing portland professionals to work here. Short and long term parking for the stations users is located on the first three floors of the adjacent high transit development tower. Short and long-term parking for residences and visitors of the surrounding area will also be provided in the first floor and underground of mixed use and commercial buildings.
The extension of the MAX will improve the convenience for folks travelling short distances. This amenity is conveniently located within the station site
ON STREET BIKE LANE
SEPARATED BIKE LANE
AT GRADE PARKING LOTS
MAX/BUS STATION MINOR CIRCULATION
PROPOSED BUS STOPS
MAX/BUS LINE Shuttle to hospital
Access to nature park
Access to Mt. Talbert trailheads
1 MILE RADIUS
The existing circulation consist of one multi-use bike path heading south from Portland and traveling on 82nd. Ave. Connections to zones throughout the site are poor and there are large, unattractive seas of parking.
recreation visitor center for Mt. Talbert Nature Park is located on the east side of the site directly on axis with the station building. The visitor center acts as a gateway for the proposed trail heads of Mt. Talbert. The visitor center provides a small amount of parking for people looking to explore the trails for a day. Bike storage, pathways and a local shuttle route provides safe access for all park users.
The proposed circulation creates linkages to residential neighborhoods, commercial districts and local amenities. The Integration of a MAX station and shuttle makes traveling in and around the area convenient. An outdoor
A Vehicular traffic
Stormwater retention Park
High speed rail
Stormwater filtration area
Interstate 205 bridge
Taxi waiting area
Mt. Talbert Park
High Speed Rail Station
The high speed rail station building is situated under the Interstate 205. This highway transports thousands of people north and south bound on a daily basis. The station design proposes that a new bridge be constructed that spans over the proposed station building, the MAX light rail line, a pedestrian/bike multi use path and a two-lane green street that connects the east side of the 205 with the west side. Integration of the natural surroundings throughout the stations exterior circulation softens the experience of visitors while serving as a storm water catchment system for the buildings rain water run-off.
Community gardens and storm water catchment Mixed use development
Mt. Talbert outdoor recreation area and research environment
Stormwater catchment area and public park High density transit development Medium density residential Second story station lounge
Mt. Talbert visitor center Stormwater treatment area and public park Industrial Campus (Research, development, manufacturing)
ILLUSTRATIVE SITE PLAN Scale: 1â€?= 500â€™
Mixed Use: Retail/commercial residential/ community garden
precedent: Hotel Moderna Portland, OR.
Station site aesthetic
Outdoor recreation visitor center
Precedent: Gare De Valence Valence, France
Precedent: Government Canyon Vistitor Center San Antonio TX.
Stormwater treatment and public park
Precedent: Connecticut Water Treatment Facility New Haven, CT
Industrial campus plaza Precedent: Rice University Houston, TX.
DESIGN PRECEDENTS The aesthetic qualities of the station and its surrounding area are driven by the presence of open spaces within the proposed urban fabric. Mixed use plazas will provide a local amenity to nearby residents and resturants. A visitor center and trailheads at the base of Mt. Talbert Nature Park will support the station site and add value to the community. The visitor center is positioned to act as a threshold from the man-made park of the station into the natural ecology of Mt. Talbert. The center provides a small amount of parking for visitors looking to explore the Mountains trails for the day, while bike storage, safe pedestrian access and a local shuttle provide access for other users. The architecture of the center is open and light to maximize views. The industrial campuses, courtyards and plazas are designed to provide pleasing, welcoming spaces for professionals to collaborate. Shared open spaces with trees for shelter, tables and chairs for congregating and sculptural art to admire will help to inspire professionals and encourage innovation.
STATION PRECEDENT: Gare de Valence Station, France Romans-sur-Isere 45th Parallel Park (60 Acres)
Paris / Lyon
Future Expansion (90 Acres)
Gare de Valence
Station Area (24 Acres)
Valence 1” = 150’
SCALE IN FEET 02
Montpellier / Marseille
Pacific Northwest High Speed Rail Planning studio, Fall 2011