C&S Freight Depot Downtown Transit Center
City of Fort Collins
Fort Collins, Colorado
$1,869,600; The Downtown Transit Center is an historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the 1906 C&S Railroad Freight Depot into a new downtown multi-modal transit center for the City of Fort Collins. Users include the local Transfort bus service and other regional carriers, taxi and airport shuttle services and office space for the City of Fort Collins’ SMARTtrips program. The depot, the adjoining freight platform, and the gravesite of the railroad dog, Annie, are locally designated historic landmarks.
The administration portion of the depot was restored as office space, retaining historic materials and detailing, while creating a modern office environment. The freight warehouse end of the building was more loosely adapted for ticketing, information, waiting and support spaces for the transit center uses. Much of the soaring volume of the warehouse was retained, with the original lantern skylight recreated atop the building. Interior historical features were retained in the rehabilitation design, including the original freightmaster’s office.
The exterior of the building was meticulously restored, including repointing brick masonry, refurbishing doors, windows and sectional freight doors with pulleys and hardware, and replacement of a variety of historic glasses.
New site structures were designed to complement the forms and materials of the historic depot. Bus shelters feature sloped roofs suspended by steel rods from brick and sandstone columns, reminiscent of the original gullwing canopies over the freight platform.
Professional services included programming and full architectural and engineering services.