The Operations Center is used for dispatching and maintaining CATs 40-bus fleet, including their new hybrid-electric buses.
2RW provided MEP/FP engineering and LEED energy modeling for the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) Operations Center. 2RW designed the rainwater harvesting system which is expected to harvest 576,000 gallons of rainwater, recycle 936,000 gallons of water through the vehicle wash facility, and save 52,000 gallons of water with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. In addition, the parking lot features plug-in recharging stations for hybrid and electric vehicles for use by CAT employees and non-revenue service vehicles.
2RW designed standing column well ground source heat pump systems and radiant heating systems; energy recovery ventilators, energy efficient lighting fixtures and daylighting controls with solar glare protection and occupancy-based lighting controls. These energy saving features, among others, are expected to reduce the facility’s annual energy consumption by 30 percent compared to a code-compliant baseline building.
The Operations Center will be the second green facility for Charlottesville Area Transit and stands poised to become an integral part of the City’s commitment to greener public transportation.
This multifaceted strategy for water conservation will save 1.56 million gallons of water each year—enough to fill nearly three Olympic sized swimming pools!
OWNER: City of Charlottesville
TIMEFRAME: 2004 – 2008
SIZE: 27,745 SF
COST: $9.6 million
2008 – Go Green Design Merit Award, James River Green Building Council