Onyx Solar will participate in the remodeling of the Union City Rapid Transit Station, in San Francisco. The company will supply a semitransparent photovoltaic glass who will be incorporated into the canopies of the new building. The Sation is included in the BART system (Bay Area Rapid Transit) which operates with five lines across 167 km with 43 stations in four counties. This system has more than 320.000 users in weekdays, being the fifth-busiest heavy rail rapid transit system in the United States.
The company reached an agreement last week with the contractor in order to take part of the project. Onyx will participate in the first stage of the project, aimed to readapt the current station to make it more accessible to all transports, from pedestrians to bicycles and cars.
The Project in Union City will be the first in USA for Onyx Solar, which expects to grow rapidly in that market due to the awareness of the necessity of a more sustainable building model that most American architects have. Thus, last June the Spanish company opened its first office in USA (New York) and it is already working on the design stage of several projects with some of the largest architectural offices such as Gensler, KPF or SOM.
Lunch & Learn in KPF office in New York
For some time now the American market do nothing but surprise us. Early this year, when we decided to exhibit in the largest and most important trade show for architects in the US we started broadening our contacts there in order to better prepare our participation on the event. On the one hand, we started developing a net of representatives there; on the other we contacted some of the most important architect studies with headquarters in the US.
The feedback we obtained was the same from both sides: a huge interest in what we do. Sometimes together with some ignorance, which is normal given the innovative features of the product, but always accompanied with curiosity and responsiveness. We are now doubtless that the US is one of the most receptive markets to the green and innovative, and thus we are focusing our efforts on that country.
Onyx Solar CEO and CTO have just come back from the US where they met architects from KPF, SOM, Gensler, URS or HOK, among others. These architects have designed some of the most iconic buildings in the World such as the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) of New York, the Sears tower (now Willis Tower) in Chicago or the World Financial Center in Shanghai. And the feelings are the same: interest, a lot of interest in what we have to offer. That’s why we don’t want to miss the opportunity to thank all of them for receiving us and his enthusiasm. In the future we expect to work with them in some of those building they keep designing all over the World and that have made them the best in their category.