This week on our “Featured Projects” blog series, we want to share our Maui Bus Stop collaboration with Maui County Department of Transportation and Duo-Guard Industries. The purpose of this project was to provide decorative shade structures to bus riders while blending them into the Island culture and environment. Enjoy!
This project was brought on by the increasing number of community members that utilize the Maui Bus System. Padilla Designs partnered with the Department of Transportation and Duo-Guard on a county project to design bus shelters for the Maui Bus System. According to a cover story in the Maui News The Project started in December of 2012 with 8 bus shelters to be installed in Wailuku, Makawao, Kahului and Kihei as the first phase of an island wide bus shelter project.
The paint and artwork was done by Padilla Designs. The project included faux finishing on the screens and posts with a decorative paint, and a variety of cultural designs on the back screens. These were fabricated in Michigan and shipped overseas, and transfered to the Padilla team to add Hawaiian style.
Since then, Padilla Designs has been involved in 7 phases of fabrication/installation each producing 3-7 shelters. Approval for this project took about 2 years, on average each shelter costs around $25,000 and are disabled access approved.
Now the Maui Bus rider community will no longer have to bake in the sun while waiting for the bus, and they can enjoy the beauty of these new shelters.