LECANTO - Architect Tom Williford has designed quite a few structures for the county government.
"I used to be the county architect for 12 years," said Williford
, who now owns a private firm.
Even so, Williford
expressed a sense of enthusiasm Monday for the work he
is conducting on the county's new transit center off County Road 491 in Lecanto.
Construction started last summer on the new facility at the front of the county maintenance complex, and is expected to be completed in the summer.
Paid for by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation
, the $1.7-million project will replace the county's old transit center, which was demolished and cleared from the site.
"This facility is to facilitate a hub in Citrus County.
Then in the future, it will be tied to other hubs throughout the state," Williford
As the state develops modes of travel, the county is projected to be part of a system of public transportation stretching from Citrus to Tampa Bay, with the transit center as the local hub of the system.
"It's designed to be a Category 3 hurricane-hardened facility, so it will withstand a 160-mile-an-hour wind," Williford
explained about the octagon shape and high-roof style of the building.
said the transit center is not supposed to function as a bus station.
"It's really a drop-off/pickup point," he
The interior layout of the building can evolve into whatever it needs to be as transportation organization changes, Williford
The structure itself could be extended to add to its current 9,000 square feet.
"The site plan has been laid out with that in mind," Williford