Rosa Parks Transit Center was a $18.3 Million dollar project that opened in July 2009. Located at Michigan and Cass Avenues, the Rosa Parks Transit Center is a 25,000-square-foot indoor facility with over two acres of exterior transit access. It enables customers to make connections to 21 DDOT bus routes, the SMART suburban bus system, Transit Windsor for international connections, and taxi access in a single downtown transportation hub. The new station is highlighted by seven cloud-like fabric canopies. PB evaluated numerous canopy systems before recommending a tensile structure for the design and also researched fabric canopies at Stapleton International Airport and Detroit's Chene Park before planning the system. The three-story, 25,700-square-foot facility owned by the city will serve as a 24-hour central connection for Detroit Department of Transportation, SMART and Transit Windsor bus routes and the Detroit People Mover. The flooring is color impregnated concrete, polished and hardened to emulate high-priced terrazzo. The walls are burnished concrete blocks simulating rough-cut stone. The canopy is made of a stain-resistant, highly durable fabric made of a blend of Teflon and fiberglass material called Poly Tertra Flour Ethylene (PTFE) with a glass coating. PTFE is found on canopies of notable structures such as the Denver International Airport and the O2 (previously named the Millennium Dome) in London, England. The canopy lasts approximately 30 years and requires little to no maintenance.



This Concealed and Enclosed Lock Device, the "Guardian 2000 Slide Bolt Assembly," is invented by Santiago Peņa, from Dallas, TX (US). An enclosed and concealed lock device is disclosed which provides a high degree of security. The device is resistant to tampering and brute force destruction. One or more latches are engageable with a strike plate in a door jamb or with a strike box, which is also enclosed. A seal trim prevents access to the latch. A slide assembly having a padlock is located within a latch enclosure. An orifice on a pivotal link attaches to the shackle of the padlock. Locking the padlock raises the padlock body into the protective latch box enclosure, and prevents movement of the slide assembly. A first limiter restricts vertical movement of the shackle, allowing the padlock to be engaged by upward movement of the padlock body. A lock device that may be used in many applications that is designed to deter theft from an array of public and private habitats, trailers, containers, containment systems, etc. This device is Fabricated from Stainless Steel, and is impenetrable with an Oxygen/acetylene Torch. If, a Thief attempts to remove the device with a sudden blow using a hammer, or other instrument, this will disable the device, jam the inner moving parts, and prevent the locking device from opening.



Santiago Pena has had an ongoing commitment to the revitalization of historic Deep Ellum in Dallas. Holding his own gallery there for over 20 years, his artistic talents have been implemented as part of the community. "The means outweigh the way things are done. This is a true fact. I believe that a handmade object, furniture pieces, art form, sculpture, etc. would probably always outlast an item which was machine made. I hammer out the shapes and form with brute strength and will, the will that derives into a form of bounty and elegance to the eye of the beholder. My word is my bond, for me there isn't any other way of pronouncing the true spirit of a man. The intention lies within oneself to either perform or quit, therefore I proceed with true intentions to deliver in the most achievable perfection by beginning with the spoken word first, in agreement within two people. Then I strive in a method known and mongered by only a proud few in a craft so long to learn and the life so very short. My art is comprised of many different dreams and occurrences of my life. I do not fear the outcome of anything that I try to do for I know that I have tried my best. Most people do not understand the drive that I have within me to labor in the ways that I so often do, it is for me a mere way of life. I have been through many troubled times and for that I try to satisfy self expression through my art and my architecture of many different things that I build for others to enjoy..." ~Santiago Peņa.