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FAU Student Designs Bus Station Shelter Prototype for Broward County Transit

BOCA RATON, FL (July 1, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University student Laura Daniels has designed a prototype for a new generation of bus shelters for the Broward County Transit. Daniels, a part-time student in the School of Architecture within FAU’s College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, was selected by Broward County officials after developing the model as part of a design studio course assignment which focused on the social and physical attributes of public areas.

“Our fifth year architecture students in Studio Design 9 participate in a community design project every semester, and this year Broward County Transit was involved,” said Anthony Abbate, associate professor of architecture at FAU. “Daniels was selected because of her quality of work, and we are proud of her achievements. She's very hard working, committed, a mom and able to excel in this field.” 

Broward Transit selected Daniels’ design for development and implementation under a program for improving transit facilities countywide. Her prototype is solar powered and contains shaded areas geared toward the South Florida climate.  Solar panels will run the information system, alert passengers to bus arrival, as well as provide power light for evening use. The bus shelters also will be handicapped accessible, and have bike racks, trash and recycling bins, benches, and a bar that passengers can lean on while waiting for buses.

Daniels currently is working with a registered engineer and designer to finish the prototype sketches for Broward County Transit, while fulfilling her internship needs for graduation. Broward County Transit hopes to have the prototype built and installed at select locations throughout the county by the end of 2010.

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