Grant: $3,693,620 - Federal Transit Administration - Jun. 11, 2009
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Award Description: TRANSPO is the public transit agency that serves the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka, Indiana. The growing transportation agency operates from a maintenance and administrative facility that has been in continuous use since the 1880's. The building has undergone numerous renovations over the past century, but has surpassed its useful life. The maintenance repair area of the current facility cannot sufficiently meet the service demands of TRANSPO's growing bus fleet. The aging facility is rapidly deteriorating and has significant structural damage. In addition, the current building was not designed with enough space to service TRANSPO's new buses, which are much larger than its previous generation of vehicles. The new facility will enable the agency to service vehicles more efficiently and allow the introduction of alternatively-fueled buses into its fleet. This project will also provide TRANSPO with new administrative offices. The current facility lacks the capacity to effectively house the number of employees required to manage the agency's expanding operations. TRANSPO's Board of Directors has partnered with the City of South Bend to choose a site for the new facility that will meet TRANSPO's needs and advance the city's economic development efforts. It is located in South Bend's Studebaker Corridor, a brownfields area in the city's old industrial core that is targeted for economic revitalization. This site is closer than the current facility to the point of origin for most bus routes adding to the efficiency of maintenance and operations procedures. Some of the other benefits of the move include: creating much-needed jobs in downtown South Bend, eliminating an abandoned factory from the landscape, and giving the city access to the current location, which is ideal for riverfront development and mixed-residential use. Further, TRANSPO is committed to building the first transit facility in the country to receive LEED Platinum certification, and the first LEED Platinum project in Indiana. TRANSPO has embraced this opportunity to educate the public and the market as a model of visible sustainable building features and materials that are life cycle cost effective. These include: roof and wall insulation; exterior shading for windows; interior and exterior lighting efficiency; ground source heat pumps; radiant slab heating for the maintenance area; 20% recycled content materials and 20% local materials; and 75% construction waste recycling. Overall, TRANSPO expects to achieve a minimum of 28% energy cost savings compared to similar facilities. Most LEED requirements in a high performance building are intrinsic to its design and construction, so it is essential that the LEED properties of the building (and their related costs) are included at the onset of the project.
Project Description: early construction activities prepring the site for construction. Which will begin in the next quarter.
Infrastructure Description: The construction of TRANSPO's new operations facility will account for over $18,500,000 being spent in a local economy that has experienced significant job loss from prior years in the construction and manufacturing areas. It will allow more than 250 individuals to have jobs that might not have them if this project did not occur. Also, it will allow TRANSPO to explore green energies not only in the operating of the new facility, but in the operating of our vehicles used in service. Monies are being invested in transportation,enviromentsl protection and other infrastructure that will provide long term econmic benifits to the South Bend community.
Jobs Summary: Construction jobs consistting of fence builders,equipment operators,truck drivers,concrete laborers,carpenters,iron workers and electricians (Total jobs reported: 21)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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