Transit facility maintains green standards
The Santa Clarita, Calif., Transit Maintenance Facility won an outstanding architecture award in June from the Los Angeles Business Council. The 52,000-square-foot facility, which accommodates the city’s maintenance needs for 150 buses, was completed in April 2006 and is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certified building in the city. The structure includes rice straw bale insulated exterior walls, a solar panel array over a bus shade structure, an under-floor HVAC system, recycled materials and water efficient landscaping. Designed by Culver City, Calif.-based HOK and constructed by Rosamond, Calif.-based Fedcon General Contractors, the $17.7 million facility was funded with a grant from the Federal Transit Administration and funds from California’s Proposition A and C.