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Onondaga County Jamesville Facility

Syracuse, NY

The Jamesville Maintenance Facility was one of three satellite facilities of the Onondaga County Department of Transportation used to maintain their roads and provides snow removal service. When part of the 60-plus-year-old complex burned down, there was one question: How to get funding for replacement? Despite a series of studies commissioned to create a new plan of action, there was not enough commitment generated to fund the desperately needed building and renovation project. Maintenance Design Group answered this question with a systematic and documented approach, confirming the need for a new facility, existing space requirements, a master site plan, conceptual building plans, design criteria, and cost estimate. This formal, bound report, which included an executive summary, was presented in a session to the County Commissioners. Funding for a new Jamesville facility was approved shortly thereafter.

Six months after approval, final design began, which was structured to create several bid alternates to ensure funding was adequate to support as much of the master plan as possible. Due to this strategy and because the project was delivered on time and within budget, funds were available to build the Heated Storage Building and renovate the remaining shops building. The project was phased to allow the County to continue to work on the site while new buildings were erected and existing buildings were renovated.

Notable Design Features:

  • Integration of existing and new maintenance facility spaces as well as reutilization of existing bridge crane into the new structure.
  • A lower-level work area (a full basement designed to allow easy access to the vehicle undercarriage) was designed into maintenance bay areas.
Services Provided
Preliminary Design
Space Needs Program
Master Plan/Concept Design
Design Criteria
Equipment Industrial Design
Site Size

11 acres

Facility Size

96,000 square feet

Construction Cost