RTKL Launches New Rail Transit Concept at KC Exhibit; Blaise Durio Comments

RTKLArchitecture and design practice firm RTKL demonstrated its rail transit concept at an exhibit in Kansas City between Oct. 4 and Oct. 25.

RTKL partnered with Halvorson and Partners and Willoughby Engineering for the HALO project, which features a five-foot glass-enclosed walkway for passengers, RTKL said Oct. 9.

The company launched the concept at the TransformKC Exhibition, a joint program between the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance and the American Institute of Architects Kansas City Young Architects Forum with the goal of presenting emerging technologies for future city transit system.

“HALO’s design illustrates a concept for the bus stop of the future that acknowledges human scale, transparency and integrated systems design,” said Blaise Durio, associate at RTKL.

The HALO concept will work to generate heat and energy from the sun using photovoltaic technology, provide LED lighting and infrared radiant heating, imitate human movement and convert energy from foot traffic into power.

That concept also includes an underground rainwater cistern energy harvesting and efficiency technologies intended to help save 40 to 45 percent of energy, RTKL says.

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