South Bend Public Transportation (Transpo) Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility

South Bend, Indiana

First bus operations and maintenance facility to achieve LEED-NC Platinum certification


South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo)

Project Size

167,300 sf

Building Performance

LEED-NC Platinum


AIA Indiana,
Award of Honor

AIA Northern Indiana,
Award of Merit

LEED Award Michiana Builders Association

Professional Services

Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning

The design incorporates sustainable design and construction strategies for energy efficient building systems and a healthy work environment for employees and visitors. The facility provides contemporary maintenance areas for bus operations as well as housing administration space, bus storage, training and conference areas, employee break and locker rooms, and exterior work areas. All bus and maintenance areas are contained within the building, which allows all necessary daily functions, including washing and fueling, to occur regardless of inclement weather.

As a facility designed to meet Transpo’s future needs, operational and life-cycle cost efficiences are inherent in the building’s design and material selections. Natural light penetrates deep into the facility, reducing the need for artificial light during the day. The impact on the city’s storm sewer is negated because all stormwater is retained on site to percolate and recharge the aquifer and create several native ecosystems, including wetlands and non-irrigated grasslands. From the start, sustainability and long-term costs were of the utmost importance to Transpo. This allowed the design team to challenge the status quo of vehicle maintenance projects and create an architecture that is timeless, award winning and reduces direct operating costs while increasing transportation service to the community.

This is the first Platinum certified structure of its kind because our client created an environment that empowered the team to design a sustainable, functional facility that will benefit and educate the public while establishing a safe and comfortable space for employees.
Richard G. Shiffer Former RNL Principal

Meet the team

South Bend Public Transportation (Transpo) Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility


Western Region Transit Director

Driven by a deep interest in creating more sustainable communities through improved mobility, Merlin Maley has dedicated more than a decade of his career to the transportation and public sector industry. Through his transit systems work, Merlin is helping to create 21st century cities and communities while decreasing the dependence on single-occupancy vehicles for mobility.

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