Last week, the John W. Olver Transit Center was featured in various local news media for heralding the first commuter trains in twenty-five years to enter the refurbished transit system at Greenfield station.

The new transit center was designed by Charles Rose Architects and features Zahner’s design-engineering and fabrication of the natural weathering copper facade. The facade includes intricately cut perforations integrated as signage, which continues around the building’s surface as light filtering copper-screen panels designed to weather and age naturally.

First trains roll into Greenfield, Massachusetts at the John Olver Transit Center.

The train can be seen above entering the south side of the Franklin Regional Transit Authority, where it currently runs once per day in each direction along the Knowledge Corridor, from Washington D.C. to the border of Canada. The rail improvements allow for trains to travel at speeds of 80MPH.

First train rolls into Greenfield
First train rolls into Greenfield

The building has won six awards: American Architecture Award; The Chicago Athenaeum AIA New England Design Award; North American Copper in Architecture Awards; Society of American Registered Architects / NY Design Excellence Award; The Boston Society of Architects Design Honor Award; and the ACEC 2013 Gold Award.

Read more about the building’s design at Charles Rose Architects