Through a collaborative design proccess, the upgraded facility serves as a sustainable design-build solution.
City of Harrisonburg
Pursuing LEED-NC Silver
ENR Mid-Atlantic Best Project, Airport/Transit Category
Northern Virginia AIA Awards, Excellent Citation Award
The project, situated on a 16-acre site, includes a 17,160-square-foot pre-cast concrete and metal panel operations building and a 31,350-square-foot pre-cast concrete maintenance facility, which is designed to maintain the school buses and more than 350 public works vehicles, including fire, police and rescue, and associated non-revenue vehicles. The site includes parking for 117 buses and 120 employees, plus non-revenue vehicles, and a new fuel/wash facility, all of which required a complete site plan revision to an existing topographically challenged site. A sophisticated phasing plan was developed by the team to maintain operations in the existing fleet and water department facilities during construction.
RNL’s experience with sustainable design solutions for public facilities allowed the team to conduct an initial value engineering and scoping process after winning the project, without jeopardizing the sustainable goals. Initial design workshops with the client and other user groups verified design assumptions, provided the client with opportunities to upgrade current operational practices, and identified value items in the equipment and program requirements. Additionally, the design-build team worked together with outside city, county and permitting agencies to pre-approve design approaches that had immediate associated pricing information, so that the overall building and delivery schedule could be streamlined and minimized, where possible.
RNL’s design helped us focus not only on improving the functionality and efficiency of the space, but also on creating a better work environment for our employees, including administration, operations staff and drivers. It takes real talent and understanding of the transportation business to design such a specialized facility as we have, and RNL came through for the City in that regard.