Maintenance Design Group (MDG) began the year by leading a multidisciplinary team of planners, architects, and engineers from MDG, RNL, W2 Design and ARUP during a week-long master planning and conceptual design charrette to develop a design solution for the Metro Division 2 facilities on the south side of downtown Los Angeles.
Originally constructed in 1906 as a rail yard for horse-drawn trolleys, this site has been continually functioning as a key component of the Los Angeles County transit system for over 100 years. The bus facility maintenance building, constructed on the site in 1926, is eligible for historic designation and will require additional design sensitivity.
The master planning effort focused on modernizing and upgrading the systems within the building to make the facility more efficient, and extend its useful life another 50 years. The scope of the improvements include replacing an antiquated bus wash, updating service and fuel areas, and an addition for expanded maintenance capacity. The final master plan also includes a new transportation building and off-site parking lot improvements.
The upgraded facility will serve 120 buses. The team estimated the cost at $20-25 million to complete the renovations and additions.
MDG staff participating in the charrette included Mark Ellis, John Wulfmeyer, Kai Fishman, and Jared Weismantel.