Grand Avenue Bus Depot and Maintenance Facility
Cost: $150 million
The bus facility rising in Queen for New York City Transit
is far more than a big parking space.
The proposed Grand Avenue Bus Depot and Maintenance Facility
in Maspeth will cost $217 million, comprises 500,000 sq. ft.
and promises state-of-the-art and environmentally sound facilities.
The three-story facility includes fueling, cleaning and storage
facilities for 200 buses on the first floor, an advanced 27-bus
maintenance facility on the second floor and offices for NYCT's
Department of Buses on the third floor.
Add in a parking garage for employees on the roof, and the
project will result in a full-service facility upon its completion
Funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration
and NYCT, the project is under way and led by the joint construction
management team of Tishman Construction Corp. and the Washington
The facility's primary functions are sorely needed to support
the continent's largest bus fleet. The expected new capacities
include the ability to maneuver the city's 60-ft. articulated
buses. The maintenance facilities will be able to repair and
maintain the newer fleet of electric and compressed natural
gas buses and expand the capabilities of the current central
maintenance facility for Brooklyn and Queens.
The facility will also contain fueling and defueling stations.
Building on the former site of a car rental business, the
project team has had to contend with difficult logistics,
including limited construction space. To save on land, the
architects chose the four-story design. The cherry on top
is the employee parking, which along with proximity to public
transportation, will reduce the impact that the new facility
has on the community.
The design-build plan by Granite Halmar also calls for the
first "green" bus facility of its kind, with state-of-the-art
systems, designs and materials. The innovative features include
photovoltaic cells on the roof level that will produce some
of the building's energy as well as rainwater collection units
that will supply the cooling and bus-washing systems.
The facility even has "environmentally friendly"
paint booths - self-contained units that avoid the spread
The building's environmentally sound features are not just
extras. They respond to set guidelines established by a gubernatorial
executive order for state transportation facilities to be
energy efficient and environmentally aware - meaning the project
teams must meet exacting regulatory specifications.
The end result will be a technologically advanced "green"
structure that the NYCT plans to use as a model for future
depot and garage projects.
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