VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Project Reaches its “Highest” Milestone4/1/2016 7:48 AM |
VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension (SVBX) project hit a new high in a big way. The project poured the last of the 15,000 total cubic yards of concrete used to construct the seven-level Berryessa Station parking structure.
The structure’s 109-foot elevator tower marks the highest point of VTA's BART SVBX project. The future Berryessa BART Station will include approximately 1,200 parking spaces, a mobile license plate reader system to determine available spaces and a variety of payment options.
Photovoltaic solar panels will be installed on the top level of the Berryessa parking garage which will offset approximately 42 percent of the energy demand for the structure. Twenty-four electric charging stations will also be provided for electric vehicles.
The contract which includes the construction of the Berryessa Station parking structure is a design-build project with McCarthy Building Companies Inc. (prime contractor) and Watry Design Inc. (designer). VTA has support from PGH Wong to provide construction oversight and the Hatch Mott MacDonald/Bechtel Joint Venture Team for overall program management.
In addition to the 380,000 square-foot parking garage, the Berryessa BART Station will include a VTA bus transit center with Express Bus service, a convenient private shuttle zone and a “kiss-and-ride” loading area. This station—which will eventually serve a projected 25,000 daily passengers—will offer multiple ways to access BART service including on-site bicycle paths and a high-tech indoor bicycle storage room.
The station is adjacent to the San Jose Flea Market in east San Jose between Berryessa Road and Mabury Road. Positioned near where Penitencia Creek and Coyote Creek meet, the station will promote the area’s environment with architectural and landscaping features that evoke a notion of water flow, natural habitat and San Jose’s agricultural past.
April 2016 marks four years of progress on VTA's BART SVBX project. By fall 2016, BART is expected to begin testing trains on the newly built 10-mile segment. The project is months ahead of schedule and trending under budget. VTA's BART SVBX project is on track to open for full ridership fall 2017.