The underground Ashby BART Station has served the Berkeley community since 1973 and received minor improvements after it was originally built. The station eventually became outdated and in disrepair including the escalator, seating, planters, and pavement in need of replacement. In addition to the facility upgrades, the station would share a portion of the site with the new Ed Roberts Campus (ERC), a nonprofit corporation formed by disability organizations that shared a common history in the Independent Living Movement of People with Disabilities.
FMG designed, documented, and managed the Ashby Station modernization. This project demonstrates FMG’s expertise in completing a station modernization while integrating it with a new facility to create one of the Bay Area's first transit-oriented campuses. The Ashby BART Stations connects to the new Ed Roberts Campus (ERC). This multi–modal transit hub provides BART riders access to the San Francisco and Oakland International Airports and Alameda–Contra Costa Transit District buses, taxi and paratransit services. FMG designed significant upgrades to the station and to seamlessly transition into the ERC's concourse. The result was a modernized station with an efficient use of space to create a transit-oriented campus experience.