Westminster Station is a Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail station on the B Line in Westminster, Colorado, part of the Denver metropolitan area. The recently opened B-line provides an 11-minute train ride to downtown Denver’s Union Station.
Westminster Station is connected to the nearby Adams County residential neighborhood by a 165 foot-long pedestrian bridge over the tracks, platform, and nearby Little Dry Creek. The Station Area was designed as an attractive destination and community center in South Westminster, the first market-rate, transit-oriented, mixed-used project with ground-floor commercial space and up to five stories of residential rental units above. In addition, the underpass of the station, connecting to the north plaza, is home to a 90-foot-long art installation by Brian W. Brush called “Grotto,” which consists of high-density polyethylene plastic tubes lit by LED lights in an array of colors. It will provide real-time visual alerts so residents, employees, and visitors can know that a train will soon be arriving or departing without the need to check a transit schedule.
This redevelopment project revitalized the area —a true “transit first” neighborhood. Selux Ritorno Square was chosen to illuminate primary walking paths to enhance evening use and safety with its uniform, virtually shadow-less illumination. The Ritorno directs lighting downward, avoiding off-site glare to minimize impact on the building occupants across from the station. The modern looking Ritorno with its sleek reverse tapered pole is a perfect complement to its surroundings.
client City of Westminster
landscape architect Nicole Ankeney
photographer Sam Koerbel