First “V” Column—The Iconic Design Element Of Brightline Stations—Put Into Place
March 30, 2016
On March 23, 2016, Brightline had some celebrating to do: The first “V” column was put into place at the site of the West Palm Beach station. And why is this piece so important? Because it’s the defining architectural element of all three train stations, the pièce de résistance and it also signals the start of vertical construction at the West Palm Beach station.
Just before this first V column was being set into its foundation along Quadrille Street, community leaders took the opportunity to make their mark on another “V” column. Among the community leaders were: West Palm Beach City Commissioners Paula Ryan, Cory Neering, Shanon Materio and Sylvia Moffett, along with CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Dennis Grady and many others. They carved their initials and the signature Brightline loop into the wet concrete.
Not a Small Feat
Getting this “V” constructed and put into place wasn’t a small feat. In fact, nothing about this piece is small:
- It’s 32 feet tall
- It weighs about 145,000 pounds
- And there are 17 more V Columns to go
Only the Most Talented Minds Will Do
When it came to the architectural design, Brightline pulled out all the stops. We partnered with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in association with Zyscovich Architects for the design of our South Florida stations. SOM just happen to be one of the most influential architecture, engineering, interior design and urban planning firms in the world. And with Zyscovich Architects — a leading integrated urban design, architecture and interior design firm in Miami — Brightline is redefining the concept of what a train station looks like.
Right on Schedule
Brightline is cruising down the construction track now, and the future of train travel is taking shape. We’re on schedule for all 18 “V” columns in West Palm Beach to be in place this coming summer. Hold on tight because in 2017, getting to your South Florida destination will be a whole lot more: more relaxing, more comfortable, more fun.