Smart Transport with Transbay Transit Center

The Salesforce Transit Center will become a major transportation hub for local and regional transportation services and will centralize the Bay Area’s regional transportation network.

A Smart Intermodal Terminal

The Salesforce Transit Center is located in the South-of-Market district of San Francisco and will accommodate 11 transportation systems under one roof.

WSP is part of the team that won the original design competition for the Salesforce Transit Center, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Our firm serves as the engineer-of-record on the project’s transit terminal, the proposed five-acre public rooftop park and the adjacent Salesforce Tower.

We are assisting with required LEED® accreditation input and certification, with environmental performance being a central theme to the project. The project is Pre-Certified LEED Platinum. The areas of integrated sustainable design the project is focusing on include water/rainwater management, abundant use of natural daylight, reducing overall energy usage, and application of recycled materials to cut down on construction waste. The proposed energy systems for the Transit Center support the sustainable project goals by concentrating on designs that utilize low-impact strategies such as geothermal, natural ventilation, radiant systems, daylighting/shading solutions, and thermal mass coupling.


  • Passengers/day: 100000
  • Transit Systems: 11
  • Area 5.4 acres

Innovative Engineering

The MEP team is actively evaluating the systems both on a large-scale, viewing the project as a whole, looking at Transbay as a new neighborhood and part of the city and region; and small-scale, pulling apart all of the systems and examining relationships.

The unique design process being used by the team explores passive solutions and non-energy intensive mechanical/electrical opportunities that harness nature first, before creating specific HVAC and electrical systems.

Increasing Building Performance

WSP is providing information technology design services for the transit facility including

  • A converged network approach to include VOIP/WAN/LAN/high density WiFi networks
  • Visitor information systems through large schedule board, digital signage and mobile application aware technology
  • Emergency communications systems utilizing 2-way radio and telephony systems

Properly planned, the converged network allows smart buildings to be more effective by increasing building performance, functionality, and environmental sustainability.  Buildings utilizing smart technologies on a converged network platform allow integration, automation, and optimization of all of the systems and equipment that provide services to the building and the occupants, as well as remote monitoring and control of all of the building systems transported over the network.

Smart Transport