Transportation Architecture

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 Transportation Architecture typical projects include:



The Architectural Branch designs various types of state-owned buildings within the state’s right-of-way with an emphasis on aesthetics, environmental, scenic, and cultural features (such as terrain, geology, vegetation, history, architecture, archaeology, and color) of the region in which they are located.  A high level of attention is given to the development of appropriate design details to ensure that contextual integrity is maintained throughout the project.  The project design must consider the existing natural and social context to develop an appropriate expression of its unique qualities while meeting the client’s budgetary requirements.

    Services include:

    • Design of new buildings and rehabilitation/replacement of existing facilities with emphasis on meeting current California Building Codes for fire and life safety, ADA compliance and sustainability
      • Various types of facilities include:
        • Safety Roadside Rest Areas (SRRA)
        • maintenance stations
        • equipment shops
        • mechanic and sub shops
        • material laboratories
        • toll bridge facilities
        • intermodal transportation facilities (bus & light rail)
        • bridge control houses
        • roadway pumping plants
        • CHP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facilities (CVEF)
    • Development of LEED credits to meet the Governor’s Executive Order B-18-12 mandate for LEED silver certification
    • Inspection services for buildings during and after their construction to ensure that they are properly built and remain productive throughout their service life
    • Assist in Emergency response inspections in the event of natural or man-made disasters


The Structural Design Branch aids the Department’s districts and divisions in utilizing, optimizing and maintaining assets and inventory for state-owned buildings within the state’s right-of-way, allowing them to focus on the primary mission of moving people and goods throughout our great state.

    Services include:

    • Design of new buildings
    • Inspection, retrofit and repair of existing facilities
    • Support of other divisions such as Maintenance, Equipment and Construction in the areas of building planning, design, construction and quality assurance
    • Expertise to assist and provide recommendations for the demolition or temporary support of a building and its features when removal or repair is needed
    • Inspection services for buildings during and after their construction to ensure that they are properly built and remain productive throughout their service life
    • Emergency response inspections in the event of natural or man-made disasters


The Bridge Architecture and Aesthetics Branch is responsible for the aesthetics of all state-owned structures within the state’s right-of-way, which are designed by the Department’s Division of Engineering Services (DES) Bridge Design branches.  Such projects include bridges, retaining walls, sound walls and pump plants.

    Services include:
    • Bridge aesthetics architectural design
    • Coordination, review and oversight of DES and consultant bridge aesthetic projects
    • Provides aesthetic oversight to the local authority project on the state highway system
    • Produce working drawings, details and specifications for aesthetic treatment in coordination with DES Bridge Design
    • Provide construction support such as color/texture/pattern for concrete matching of local indigenous materials & rock formations
    • Development of visual displays such as:
      • 2D and 3D computer renderings
      • Photo simulations
      • Physical study models and 3D printed models
      • Presentation models
    • Public relations services such as:
      • Development of materials for public hearings, news media and education
      • Project representation at public hearings

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