Bayfront is a new district spanning over 42 acres with integrated transit located along the waterfront in Hercules, California. Designed to be a new town center, Bayfront draws inspiration from the San Francisco Bay area. The city and town planners wrote a form-based code legislating the historic style and integration of many traditional town planning and architectural principles. When complete, the waterfront will be a pedestrian and transit-oriented neighborhood where water ferry, train and bus will be available to the residents and surrounding community in a single multi-modal transit station.
GGLO designed The Exchange at Bayfront, the first phase of residential housing and retail being built in the area. Envisioned to look like the block was developed over time, the team incorporated industrial aesthetic, utilitarian but elegant structures, and Spanish Revival architectural style. There will be 12 retail spaces along the main thoroughfares, a public courtyard, 172 residences and underground parking. The integration of the large courtyard and open spaces that connect to the Bay Trail along the shore of San Pablo Bay will make this project a vibrant cornerstone for the future Hercules community.