Tempe Transportation Center

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Opened in 2008, the Tempe Transportation Center is located at 200 E. Fifth Street (near Forest and College avenues) at the base of A-Mountain. The 40,000 square foot facility has an exterior shaded courtyard and a transit plaza serving the METRO light rail and local and regional bus patrons. Dozens of bus routes serve the Transportation Center including the free Orbit local shuttle. The ground floor includes retail, transit store, security office, and The Bicycle Cellar (with bike repair, rentals and accessories). The second floor includes the city of Tempe Transportation Office and Don Cassano Community Room. The third floor houses the Traffic Management Center.

Exterior  Interior

The city of Tempe is actively supporting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects. The Tempe Transportation Center is a LEED Platinum certified building as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council.

U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Green building is a whole-systems approach using design and building techniques to minimize environmental impact and reduce energy consumption of buildings while contributing to the health of the occupants.


Strategies used to reduce the energy footprint by 52%:

  • green vegetated desert roof
  • underfloor air distribution system
  • solar hot water system
  • natural lighting
  • energy efficient emergency electrical generation
  • double-pane/low-emissive glass
  • retractable exterior shade screens
  • operable windows for natural ventilation

On-going sustainable practices in the facility:

  • public transportation
  • regional bike station with secure parking, showers, lockers, services
  • green cleaning and maintenance program
  • water collection and reuse
  • flexible design = 100 year building life
  • green leases for tenant spaces

Strategies supporting a healthy and productive work environment:

  • low emitting paints, sealants, carpets and agrifiber
  • adjustable underfloor air distribution system
  • natural lighting and window views from all regularly occupied offices

Reduced impact on natural resources:

  • rapidly renewable materials
  • construction waste reduced by 94%
  • regional materials
  • no/low emitting paints, sealants, carpets and agrifiber
  • recycled content in carpet, tile, millwork, ceiling finishes no/low emitting paints, sealants, carpets and agrifiber
  • “Reuse & Recycle” signage program
  • innovative stormwater retention and reuse
  • drought resistant native landscaping
  • low flow/dual flush plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals
  • graywater collection and reuse