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GRTC Transit System Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility

Contaminated 12-acre site transformed into a LEED® Silver certified bus operation and maintenance campus.
  • GRTC Transit System Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility is 100,600 square feet-Gannett Fleming

    The 100,600-square-foot bus maintenance facility accommodates light and heavy maintenance.

GRTC Transit System

Richmond, Virginia

Our Role
Industrial, Structural, Electrical, Mechanical, Project Management, Landscape Architecture, LEED Oversight, Cost Estimation, Commissioning, Construction Management.

Construction Cost
$37 million
New Construction
9 years
  • Urban renewal transforms unused space from contaminated to sustainable
  • Functionality and sustainability result in effective daily operation of buses.

GRTC Transit System is leading the way in green design for transit authorities. It turned a contaminated 12-acre site into a modern, state-of-the-art bus operation and maintenance campus. The new environmentally friendly facility is the first transit facility in Richmond to earn the LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 100-year-old former facilities were lacking the optimal infrastructure, configuration, building systems, and operational equipment required for efficient daily operations. By combining functionality with sustainable design, GRTC is achieving more effective daily operation of its fleet. The new campus accommodates outdoor bus storage, a 26,600-square-foot administration facility, and a 100,600-square-foot bus maintenance facility.

What We Did

Gannett Fleming provided preliminary and final design as well as construction management services for the cost-effective, multi-servicing, aesthetically pleasing structures. Services included industrial engineering, project management, landscape architecture, LEED oversight, structural, electrical, mechanical, cost estimation, commissioning, general contractor management, and construction management and inspection. The successful project was finished six weeks ahead of schedule and $1.8 million under budget. Coordination with neighboring business gained local acceptance and overcame limited site access.

Key Features

  • First public building registered in Richmond to achieve LEED® Silver certification.
  • Serves fleet of nearly 200 buses, paratransit vehicles, and vans.

Sustainability Features & Outcomes

  • Recycled and low-emission materials diverted 50 to 75 percent of construction waste from landfill
  • Selection of special heating and ventilating equipment achieves optimal energy performance
  • Water-reclamation system recycles 80 percent of bus washing water to conserve water and reduce utility costs
  • Receptacles to recycle waste materials improve indoor air quality
  • Cut-off light fixtures direct light down and out to reduce light pollution.

Awards & Recognition

  • Silver LEED® rating from the U.S. Green Building Council
  • Grand Award, 2012, American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia (ACEC/VA), Engineering Excellence Awards
  • Pinnacle Award, 2012, ACEC/VA, Engineering Excellence Awards
  • Best Industrial Project, 2011, Virginia Business magazine, Best Projects/Brokers/Deals Feature
  • Diamond Award, Transportation Category, 2011, ACEC of Pennsylvania, Engineering Excellence Awards
  • Industrial Category, 2010, McGraw-Hill Construction, Best of the Best Awards
  • Project of the Year in the Best Industrial Category, 2010, Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine, Best of 2010 Awards
  • Best Industrial Project, 2010, Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate Stars Awards.

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