ENR Mountain States has named the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility (CRMF) in Denver, Colo., the 2015 Best Airport/Transit Project in Colorado, Wyoming and the plains states.
As the only transit maintenance facility for a new 36-mile commuter rail system in Denver, Colorado, the CRMF is essential to the success of the region’s strategy to expand mass transit. The new 230,000 square-foot facility combines state-of-the-art technology, an improved workplace environment, and environmental stewardship to accommodate service for a new fleet of 66, 85-foot long commuter cars, accommodating 209 passengers in each vehicle. It is part of the Eagle P3 Project, the largest transit P3 project in North America in terms of both scope and cost.
Gannett Fleming provided project management, architectural, industrial, structural, and industrial waste engineering services for the facility. Ahead of the curve in design and delivery, the CRMF breaks ground as the first LEED® Gold certified commuter rail maintenance facility in the U.S., and it is part of the nation’s first transit project procured through a design-build-finance-operate-maintain approach.
“Innovation in this project runs deep,” said Bradley Diffenbaugh, PE, structural section manager and senior project manager for Gannett Fleming. “The CRMF is part of one of the most ambitious plans for expanding transit in the United States, but we believe we have created a model that can be followed for years to come.”
ENR Mountain States holds the annual Best Projects competition in the region, which includes Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. A panel of eight judges from all areas of the industry—architects, general contractors, consultants, academics and engineers—selects winners in each of 19 categories. This is the 15th year for the project awards.