HKS Inc. (Richmond): Divya Nautiyal, Associate AIA, Nick Cooper, AIA, and Zach Wolk, Associate AIA.
AIA Richmond called for impactful, practical, and lasting environmental solutions that benefit the community through recently completed transit infrastructure.
“Richmond has invested in its infrastructure through the implementation of the Pulse bus system in order to connect its people, promote smart urban growth and enhance our walkable communities along Broad Street. The AIA Richmond YAF design competition was to Identify a site along this Pulse corridor and propose opportunities for impactful, practical, and lasting environmental solutions that benefit the Richmond community. We responded with celebrating the bus stop, elevating the transit experience throughout the entire Pulse corridor by proposing holistic policy changes for every stop as well as thinking outside the brief by reclaiming Fulton as a significant neighborhood in Richmond. We won and so did the neighborhood of Fulton. “Fulton is also isolated by a lack of connectivity to the rest of Richmond. A number of residents lack personal means of transportation, so they opt for the bus. The GRTC Transit System, however, is not at all convenient for them. A bus trip to the neighboring area of Church Hill, or to The Shops at White Oak Village located only 2- 3 miles away, can take up to an hour.” Finding Fulton aims to stretch the Pulse corridor to a neighborhood that needs it the most.