A design celebrating a historic Air Force Base
KAI provided architectural services for the Brooks City Base Transit Center, which is located near the corner of South New Braunfels Avenue and Sidney Brooks North Road in the City of San Antonio. It is on the historic Brooks Air Force Base, which is one of the very first training facilities for the US Army Air Corps dating to December, 1917. The transit center design takes cues from World War 1 biplanes with its curved roof and columnar support system.
The Brooks City Base Transit Center, located on Brooks City Base, will be a state-of-the-art passenger facility to support travel demands in the city’s rapidly-growing Southeast sector. The center will provide more travel options, greater comfort and enhanced conveniences for riders, including an air-conditioned waiting facility with a customer information and ticket purchasing center.
The new $1.3 million, 4,000 SF transit center includes eight bus bays located on a transit island, new bus lanes that enter from South New Braunfels and Sidney Brooks and loop around the transit island, and parking for approximately 40 patron vehicles to the South. Transit Center amenities include interior seating for 50, covered exterior seating for 30, public restrooms, ticket vending windows, active next bus displays and enhanced landscaping.
"The new VIA Brooks Transit Center establishes a transportation hub for the Southside, improving connectivity to and from our campus for all of our San Antonio community."
Sustainable Impact During Extraordinary Growth
This project included solar panels and environmentally friendly landscaping techniques, which involved planting Native Texas flowering plants to assist with the ecosystems in Texas. This was intentionally done to highlight VIA’s commitment to sustainable growth.
Inspiring Local Artwork
KAI worked with local San Antonio artist, Diana Kersey, to create artistic works throughout the VIA Brooks Transit Center. This was to support public and local artists, which was important to the Brooks' mixed-use community.