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January 31, 2014
2014 Off and Running! 
It seems like we were just celebrating the start of 2014, and now the first month is history! MDG is excited by several new projects starting this year, including a new transit bus facility, a new school bus facility and a new municipal fleet maintenance facility. We are also starting on several Facilities Maintenance Plans (FMPs), which are a necessity for all facilities, especially equipment-intensive facilities. If you don't already have a Facility Maintenance Plan, make it your New Year's resolution to get one in place! What's the cost of doing nothing?  Email us for an informational guide about all the financial benefits of a Facility Maintenance Plan.

Historic LA Metro Division 2 Master Planned for Improvements

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.  


Div 2 Bus Facility

Baltimore Office Expands 

The Baltimore office of MDG has added two professionals. Mike Stern, joined the firm as a Senior Facility Design Manager. He brings over 35 years of both domestic and international transit and rail project experience. His specific expertise includes service and maintenance shops, transit stations, parking garages, dispatching and data centers, intermodal and auto terminals, fueling and fuel storage facilities, washing facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and industrial engineering studies. Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and has served as the MEP Project Manager or Task Lead on major projects for Amtrak, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Metro North Railroad (MNR), Long Island Railroad (LIRR), Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), Southeast Pennsylvanian Transit Authority (SEPTA), Metro politan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and New Jersey Transit (NJT), among others.


Josh Foster joined the Baltimore office as a Facility Designer. Josh holds a Master of Urban Design degree from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Fairmont State University. He brings experience in both architecture and urban design to his project work as well as 3D architectural modeling, sustainable design and project planning skills.

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Each edition, we will be sharing a sampling of our current projects so you can see what we are up to and where. 
Current Projects

MARTA Brady Mobility Facility
Atlanta, Georgia
Expo Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility 
Santa Monica, California 
Town of Parker
Public Works Operations and Maintenance Facility,
Parker, Colorado
LA Metro Division 13 Maintenance and Operations Facility,
Los Angeles, California
Douglas County
Public Works Facility, 
Lawrence, Kansas

Mike Stern, MDG Baltimore Office
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