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City of Fort Worth James Avenue Service Center

Fort Worth, Texas

The City of Fort Worth entered into an agreement with a local developer to design and construct a new city service center to replace two aged and obsolete facilities in the City. These two facilities were in emerging redevelopment and cultural districts and were considered valuable as potential redevelopment sites.

Maintenance Design Group was selected by the developer to provide facility needs assessment, programming, site and building planning, functional design and equipment layout, selection, and coordination for the new James Avenue Service Center. This new service center will serve as a replacement for the existing facilities while incorporating modern systems and design features to allow the City to operate from this new location for the next 30 years.

The new Service Center complex includes administrative office and crew areas for transportation, streets, facilities maintenance, dispatch, materials, management, and other public works operations staff. The facilities for vehicle and equipment maintenance include both heavy and light vehicle maintenance and feature drive-through maintenance bays, central lubrication distribution systems, full-crane coverage in all heavy bays, code compliant welding and fabrication shops and bays, dedicated express lube drive-through preventative maintenance bays, drive-through service writer areas, secure third party vendor controlled parts room, mechanics training room with vehicle drive-in capabilities, and dedicated customer waiting areas.

The new modern, environmentally-compliant vehicle fueling and vehicle wash facility are major upgrades for the City’s operations. The two automated vehicle washers and a 20-position diesel and unleaded fueling facility with 100,000-gallon storage capacity are provided within one canopy structure.

Project Highlights:
• The vehicle maintenance facility includes three wings to accommodate all types of vehicle and equipment maintenance including heavy trucks, construction equipment, light duty trucks, crew vehicles, sedans, and police cruisers.
• The unique private/public developer-led funding approach used by the City allowed them to trade their aged, obsolete facility and land for new, efficient facilities designed specifically as public works support facilities with virtually no out of pocket expense.

Services Provided
Preliminary Design
Space Needs Program
Facility Needs Assessment
Master Plan/Concept Design
Final Design
Equipment Industrial Design
Fleet Size

3,500 vehicles serviced, 300 vehicles domiciled on site

Site Size

25 acres

Facility Size

182,800 square feet

Construction Cost

$11,500,000