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RTD FasTracks Eagle P3 Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility Design

Commuter rail facility in the Mile-High City takes service, inspection, and maintenance to the next level.
  • Train cars enter the RTD Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility-Gannett Fleming

    Train cars enter the building on an elevated track, allowing mechanics to work under the cars. Credit Michelle Meunier Photography.

PCL Construction Services

Denver, Colorado

Our Role
Architecture, Industrial, Site/Civil, Structural, Building Information Modeling.

237,000 square feet
Construction Cost
$65 million
New Construction
4 years 6 months
  • Facility provides space for service and maintenance for 50 commuter rail cars
  • Enhanced commuter services encourages use of mass transit in the Denver area
  • Environmentally responsible building materials increase sustainability.

Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) needed a commuter rail maintenance facility (CRMF) to repair, maintain, clean, and store the vehicles that serve its four FasTracks commuter rail corridors. Gannett Fleming was retained to design a four-level shop building with six tracks (36 vehicle spots) to support the service and maintenance of RTD’s fleet. The facility accommodates 21-kVA, overhead catenary, electric multiple unit (EMU) 85-foot commuter cars that are coupled in groups of two or four cars. The initial fleet of 50 EMU cars, with provisions for future expansion to 80 cars, are serviced, inspected, and maintained at the CRMF, with a system operations and control center located on the second floor. 

What We Did

Gannett Fleming provided project management, building information modeling (BIM), site/civil, architecture, industrial, structural, and industrial waste engineering services for the facility. The firm’s extensive use of BIM improved design discipline coordination, optimizing collaboration, constructability, scheduling, and efficiency. Whole-building energy and daylight modeling encourages reductions in energy and water consumption. By creating and modeling the movement of equipment and materials around the site, the BIM model also reduced team conflicts and delays. A lean design approach resulted in a less costly facility that delivers sustainability and efficiency without sacrificing functionality.

Key Features

  • BIM ensured multidisciplinary coordination
  • Facility supports maintenance and service of RTD’s fleet
  • Part of first transit P3 project in U.S.

Sustainability Features & Outcomes

  • Designed for LEED® Gold certification
  • Whole-building energy modeling enables energy conservation
  • Plumbing fixtures and irrigation require less water, reducing water consumption
  • Building materials sourced regionally and contain recycled content when possible
  • Facility encourages cleaner transportation by including carpool designated parking spaces, bike racks, and a dedicated commuter rail stop.

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