When the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) decided to replace its more than 70-year-old Southeastern Metrobus facility, it didn’t just want to expand service – it wanted to construct an environmentally friendly building that would be comfortable for its customers and employees, reduce energy costs, and protect the environment.
The new state-of-the-art Shepherd Parkway bus facility, unveiled in 2012, was WMATA’s first building to earn LEED Silver certification. A few of the notable sustainable features include a stormwater filtration system, white roof, drought-tolerant landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures, bus washer water reclamation system, and lighting with occupancy sensors. The facility’s design and location also encourage an environmentally conscious lifestyle for its employees by providing ample bicycle parking, priority parking spaces for fuel-efficient vehicles, and access to public transportation just one-quarter mile away.
“Better maintenance on our vehicles, improved employee working conditions, and improved operating efficiency equals better service to the thousands of people who ride buses in southwest and southeast Washington every day,” said WMATA General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles.
Passengers in the nation’s capital benefit from improved service provided by the newly expanded fleet, including 50 daily routes in southern areas of Washington, D.C. The Shepherd Parkway facility consists of an administration and maintenance building, maintenance bays, a bus wash, fueling station, and parking for up to 250 buses. And, to save on long-term fueling costs, WMATA is proposing to make the facility a future compressed natural gas distribution hub for the Metro system.
Gannett Fleming provided construction management, commissioning oversight, and inspection services for the new facility.