HDR | MDG O&M Facility Project for LA Metro Advances to National Engineering Competition

The Division 14 Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility project for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has been honored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of California and will advance to the organization’s national competition, held in April. HDR | Maintenance Design Group led the project for this 45-car maintenance facility, and brought the residents and businesses of Santa Monica directly into the design process.

This facility is a major linchpin for the popular Expo line, which provides rail service from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica and the beach. Because of its high visibility, the facility generated keen community interest and concerns over noise, aesthetics and safety. The community’s concerns were met through a series of community workshops that allowed Santa Monica residents and businesses to help determine facility design. The HDR | MDG team designed a facility that not only delivers LA Metro’s functional and operational safety requirements, but is embraced as a good neighbor by the community.

As one example, a desired buffer zone/green space became a popular community park named after community resident and WWII veteran George Ishihara. The park was designed by Mia Lehrer + Associates.

In addition to community requirements, sustainability was a key concern in design. By taking measures to reduce electrical and mechanical demand, and combining them with innovative design strategies for water, energy use, and ventilation, the team created a facility that has been awarded LEED Gold certification and is Net Zero Energy ready.

The narrow site posed design challenges and prompted innovative solutions including overlapping some of the building spaces over the rail yard and maintenance area. The Control Suite, which monitors the flow of the rail cars through the various maintenance areas (washing, cleaning and wheel truing), was cantilevered out from the north elevation to provide views to both sides of the rail yard.

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