For several years, the City of Monrovia, California, has been planning for the arrival of the Foothill Gold Line, as it builds out from Pasadena to Azusa. The project was started in June of 2010 and will be completed in September of 2015. Civiltec Engineering, from its California office in Monrovia, was awarded the contract to design the onsite civil improvements and to perform the full construction management of the new Station Square Transit Village.
The official groundbreaking ceremony for the Monrovia Station Square Transit Village took place on September 10, 2014. Mayor Mary Anne Lutz shared her enthusiasm for the project, and reiterated that the endeavor has been a truly collaborative effort.
Civiltec is honored to be a partner in Monrovia’s biggest ever public works project, working hand in hand with the City, IBI Group, Griffeth Company, MTA and the many stakeholders in the project. The Station Square will build upon the character of the City’s rich history and culture to create a signature gateway into and out of Monrovia including the extension of the light rail line, the Monrovia Gold Line Station, a 350-space parking facility, and the 24-acre Gold Line Operations Campus.
The design of the Station Square was overseen by Civiltec’s Octavio Solorza. It features a wide pedestrian promenade, public park, amphitheater, art installations, planted medians, and improved traffic management to accommodate travelers accessing the station by car, foot, bike or other modes of public transportation.
Greg Ripperger, Civiltec’s Lead Construction Manager on the project (and a Monrovia resident), oversaw the designs for the Station Square, which were completed in August of 2014. The image below is a rendering of what the station’s new promenade is expected to look like. For more renderings, you can download the station square brochure by clicking here.
Construction on the site began in October and is progressing well. The image at the right shows the parking structure in the background.
“When the Monrovia train depot was first created in the 1800’s it was the heart of the city,” said Ripperger. “It’s very exiting to see this revitalization take place around such a long-standing bit of our history. It’s an honor to be part of a project that brings new life while preserving the city’s past.”