Vehicle Operations & Maintenance Facilities
Our O&M Facility Experts
What We Do
Our clients include airports, seaports, transit agencies, municipalities, utility companies, universities, school districts and others — all of which have confirmed that exceptional O&M facilities make economic sense for owners, operators, employees and communities.
Development of short- and long-term space needs, design criteria and preliminary budget costs
Site Analysis & Selection
Identification of potential alternative sites and analysis using physical, operational, economic and environmental criteria
Site Master Planning
Preparation of long-range site master plans addressing building placement, parking, storage, vehicle circulation, access requirements and phased expansion
Facility Conceptual Design
Translation of space needs and design criteria into conceptual site and floor plans, and building elevations
Equipment Industrial Design
Inventories of existing equipment, new equipment selection, equipment layout and discipline coordination drawings, and preparing specifications
Design of industrial process piping drawings, schedules, and specification for centralized fluids distribution and compressed air systems
Building Systems Engineering
Design of sustainable mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems appropriate for vehicle maintenance facilities
Design-Build Criteria, Bridging Documents
Development of detailed facility design criteria and plans used as the technical basis for DB procurement documents
Expert Value Engineering
Review of preliminary design documents to evaluate cost and value
Facility Maintenance Plans
Comprehensive preventative maintenance program to extend useful life of the facility
Improving Operations & Maintenance Work Environments
In "Issues and Challenges of Obtaining New Public Works Maintenance and Operations Facilities," first published in APWA Reporter magazine by the American Public Works Association, we offer planning tips from two of our senior facility design managers — Ken Booth and Mark Ellis.
The Rulebook for Vehicle O&M Facility Design
We wrote "the rulebook" as a guide for estimating site needs, construction costs and more. Inside, you will find rules for estimating bay sizes based on vehicle types. We also outline building and fire code rules relevant to specific aspects of vehicle O&M facilities. Our rulebook can even help you determine space needs for your buildings and parking.
Prepared by our vehicle O&M facility experts, this presentation also offers rules in the form of practical advice. Rules like "make the workplace a pleasant place to work" suggest facility features for happier humans.
Estimate the Cost of an O&M Facility
How can you realistically estimate the cost of an operations and maintenance facility? The answer may be simpler than you think. Whether it's for rail transit, bus transit, snow removal equipment, school buses or something else, you can use this presentation to learn how to determine your hard costs, soft costs, funding options and more using our cost-estimation workbook. Our Senior Facility Design Manager Mark Ellis presented this useful tool for fleet owners and operators during the American Public Transportation Association's 2017 Bus and Paratransit Conference.
The "Industry Firsts" below are samples of innovations that were first to the market and have now become industry standards. Your needs change as your organization changes; why should your design team’s approach be stagnant? Thinking outside the box is our responsibility and privilege.
Traditional pit lighting can translate to inconsistent bright spots alternating with dark shadows. We developed a new way to light these areas using strip LED lighting in the lower level work area along posted rail. We worked with lighting vendors and designers to apply a solution not originally intended for this application, but it's a way that works better than conventional solutions to provide even light levels along the underside of rail vehicles.
When Denver Regional Transportation District's Elati O&M facility for light rail vehicles opened in 2010, it was the first to deploy a mezzanine level 18 inches above the upper work platforms. Employees can pass beneath the facility’s mezzanine with equipment such as forklifts. This design promotes the use of standard, rather than low-clearance, systems.
When both catenary poles and light poles are present in a rail yard, it can create a complex and expensive environment. We developed a solution that combines the two and is cost-effective. By strategically locating poles that serve both purposes, and selecting appropriate light fixtures mounted at an effective height, we created a neater, more efficient yard, decreased obstructions and returned some flexibility to rail yard operations.