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Utah Transit Authority Breaks Ground on New Bus Operations, Maintenance and Administration Facility

Parul Dubey on November 26, 2018 - in News, Projects
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) recently broke ground on its new bus operations, maintenance and administration facility, known as the Depot District Clean Fuels Technology Center (DDCFT), marked by a ceremony attended by local and state officials and dignitaries. The facility will have the capacity to store, operate, maintain and service UTA’s current fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) and electric vehicles, with room for future expansion. Global architecture and design firm Stantec provided project management, planning, architecture, interior design, lighting design and sustainable design on the project.  

The DDCFT will be located on the historic site that was formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad yard and will have the capacity for 135 buses in Phase I, with expansion to 256 buses in Phase II. Designed for easy vehicle entry and exit, the DDCFT will be an all drive-through maintenance facility, meaning that buses won’t be required to back up to enter and exit. 

The historic “Locomotive” Building, built in 1923, is the oldest and largest railroad building of its kind in Utah. Despite its age, this unique 72,000 square-foot historic building will be adapted and expanded into the 80,000 square-foot bus maintenance facility. A new 25,000 square-foot two-story facility will house all administration and operations functions. UTA will strive to maintain and preserve the structural integrity of the existing structure, repurposing existing materials and structures where possible. 

“We are thrilled to see the Depot District Clean Fuels Technology Center break ground,” said Merlin Maley, Stantec Principal and Western Region Transit Director, Buildings. “What’s special about the building design process is that it not only impacts how the physical space looks, but it can influence how the occupants feel in their daily professional lives. Designing UTA’s newest facility is meaningful work that will have a significant impact on its occupants as well as Utah residents who rely on the daily convenience of public transportation.” 

“The Depot District Clean Fuels Technology Center represents a giant leap of progress for Utah Transit Authority,” said UTA Interim Director, Steve Meyer. “This innovative, high-tech facility designed by Stantec will not only improve the management and maintenance of our current vehicles, but it will also lay the foundation to move UTA’s fleet entirely to clean fuels, which will have long-lasting impacts in our community.”

The project is targeting LEED Gold certification and will be constructed to achieve a variety of sustainable goals to reduce environmental impact and optimize performance. Among the sustainable features: installation of a 1.1-megawatt photovoltaic system, heated floors throughout the facility, the reuse of existing materials from the original structure, and the implementation of modern translucent glazing systems to provide natural daylight and reduce glare. 

The project is expected to be completed in 2021. 

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