HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff have been selected to design the 66,000ft² Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (Artic) in the Orange County in the US.

Phase one, valued at approximately $180m, consists of the transportation centre and supporting facilities, rail tracks and platforms, parking, public art and street improvements.

HOK architecture design director Ernest Cirangle said the design for ARTIC was inspired by grand, open rail stations like Grand Central in New York, and from the historic monumental hangars in nearby Tustin which housed US Navy blimps.

The design team plans to incorporate solar panels, ETFE cushions and a solar water heater built into the roof to reduce energy use, water use, solid waste production and carbon emissions to achieve an LEED platinum rating.

Future phases will expand the centre to accommodate the planned California high-speed rail to destinations such as San Francisco and Sacramento and serve as the terminus for the super-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California.

The new transportation hub is expected to break ground in 2010. It is scheduled to be complete by mid-2013.