The future of transportation has arrived in Jacksonville, Florida. Regional shuttles, bus lines, taxis and rideshares all share a brand-new hub in the heart of the city. The Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC) has a unique design with a
forward-thinking vision for how to integrate transportation, while meeting the needs of passengers.
The $57 million JRTC was built in two phases. The first, a new Greyhound Bus Lines terminal, opened in April 2018. A pedestrian bridge connects the terminal to second phase of the project, which includes the main bus transfer facility and administrative
Architect Pond & Company used a Greyhound prototype to guide the design of the terminal. There are 21 bus bays, customer drop-off, a ticket and customer service counter, indoor waiting
area with plenty of power ports and a restaurant.
While customer comfort was top-of-mind, the focus remained on the future. The project aims to cut carbon through energy efficiency. Pond & Company chose sustainable building materials for the Greyhound terminal. This included 29,000 square feet of
Kingspan Optimo insulated metal panels in regal white and custom
Greyhound blue and grey.
Optimo is a single-component wall system that delivers a high-performance envelope. The panels are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, and when ordered with Kingspan’s QuadCore insulation, earn a Silver level Material Health Certificate and are Red List
Kingspan’s Optimo panels increase energy efficiency by providing an R-value of 7.2 per inch ASTM C518 @ 75°F for standard PIR (8 per inch ASTM C518 @ 75°F for QuadCore). The panels have a flat exterior profile with stucco or non-embossed
finishes available. Optimo panels can be oriented vertically or horizontally.
In addition to high thermal performance provided by the building envelope, the Greyhound terminal incorporates other features to maximize energy efficiency. There are variable refrigerant flow HVAC units and a white roof to reflect the harsh Florida sun.
LED lighting reacts to the sunlight streaming into the building and dims accordingly.
For Jacksonville, the future is now. Sustainable buildings, along with access to public transportation, make Florida’s largest city a greener city.