BEI Construction installs low voltage wiring at major transit hub

BEI Construction installed the low voltage wiring at the new Salesforce Transit Center (originally called the Transbay Transit Center) in San Francisco. The new transport hub replaces the Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco. Built to serve busses and an expected rail extension, the Salesforce Transit Center features a rooftop park and multiple pieces of public art by leading artists. 

BEI Construction was engaged to deliver the low voltage wiring on the $2+ billion project. Low voltage wiring serves as the wiring backbone for much of today’s advanced technology. Serving multiple regional transportation organizations, the Salesforce Transit Center includes a number of advanced technology systems. Many of these systems rely on low voltage wiring installed by BEI.  

“The new Salesforce Transit Center is already becoming an iconic building in San Francisco,” says BEI Principal Gary Chelini. “With its rooftop park and innovative architecture, it’s an important structure for its design and transport function. Smart technology and connected communication systems—which require low voltage wiring— help the Transit Center meet the connectivity expectations of today’s passengers.” 

City outgrows old bus terminal 

Opened in 1939, the Transbay Terminal served as the bus transit hub of San Francisco for more than 75 years. At afternoon rush hour, commuters used the hub to access buses destined for the East, South, and North Bay. Each morning, those commuters returned. As San Francisco has grown, so has the need for public transit. That need, along with earthquake damage to the old terminal, inspired the formation of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority to oversee the design, construction, and operation of the new Salesforce Transit Center. 

“There’s no question that the new Transit Center makes a significant contribution to San Francisco’s infrastructure,” notes Chelini. “Low voltage wiring does too. On this and other low voltage wiring projects, our team uses its expertise and skill to bring reliable connectivity to today’s advanced buildings.”