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Construction Management for Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot

APTIM assists the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority with building their first LEED™ certified bus depot, designed to save energy and reduce emissions. 

Driving Sustainability at Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot

APTIM provided Construction Management Services for Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot, which is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit’s first LEED™ certified bus depot. The facility is equipped for bus fueling, maintenance, administrative, fare collection extraction and bus storage operations. The bus depot accommodates 150 standard equivalent buses—25 more than the old facility. All buses use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, and many are hybrid electric or other low-emissions technology buses. Saving energy and reducing emissions was critical to the project designs. The project also includes provisions for an ADA Passenger elevator, equipment, and furniture for the entire building as well as a green roof.

  • Solar Wall – The south façade of the building serves an energy-conserving function as a passive heating device.
  • Rainwater Collection – A collection system on the roof sends rainwater into a storage tank for use in depot operations.
  • Efficient Heat Recovery Units (HRU) – The most cost effective and energy efficient HRUs on the roof use a heat exchanger when it is cold outside.
  • Green Roof – A green roof uses plants to cool the building in summer, absorb CO2 from the air and reduces storm runoff. The green roof encompasses 50% of the available roof surface. The remaining 50% feature a white roof. This high efficiency feature prevents heat gain in warmer weather but will not reflect light onto neighborhood buildings or cause glare.

Construction Management Services Provided

Building Design

The design for the new bus depot complies with all applicable building construction standards, New York City Transit (NYCT) latest Bus Depot Planning & Design Guidelines, Building Code of NYS and ADA requirements. The bus depot uses diesel as the primary fuel and contains facilities for the service and maintenance functions needed to support the smooth operation of the buses assigned to it. The new facility includes an area for bus parking, a service area for bus fueling and revenue extraction, a bus wash area, and a maintenance area consisting of 12 dedicated lift positions for regular size buses and 2 work areas for articulated buses. Within the bus depot, space is allocated for administrative activities, employee facilities, utilities requirements. The project includes provisions for an ADA Passenger elevator, equipment and furniture for the entire building. The work is being completed in three phases:

Pre-Construction Phase – APTIM’s professional services required during the pre-construction phase included study of all contract documents, NYCT Project Management Procedures and Guidelines, and all other applicable Reference Documents provided by NYCT. Also, APTIM performed a Constructability Review of the 10% completed design build construction documents and provided written comments on the following: general constructability, construction methods in relation to equipment and materials, job phasing, logistics plan and access, review of construction project schedule, security issues, construction parking availability, minimization of impact on traffic, location of bus stops and bus routes, material availability, manpower resources and availability, utilities verification and potential issues, maintenance and protection of the work site, placement of field offices, available historical information for work site, hours of work, prevention of construction documents inconsistencies, problems, delays and change orders during construction, possible conflicts and overlapping among Design Build Contractor and subcontractors, staging area(s) for contractors and any temporary facilities that may be required by the D/B Contractor to perform the Work.

Construction Phase – Throughout the construction phase, APTIM provided staff on-site for administrative, management, oversight, verification, technical and support related services as required, coordinated the work between all applicable parties, and ensured the project was completed in accordance with NYCT budget, schedule, environmental and quality and safety objectives. APTIM oversaw the Construction Contractor’s mobilization, start-up, and construction activities in compliance with the contract documents, the plans, drawings, and specifications. APTIM monitored the construction contractor’s compliance with MBE/WBE requirements as well as compliance with insurance requirements. Site staff performed daily surveillance and inspections to verify that the work of the Construction Contractor was being completed in accordance with the requirements of the construction contract documents.

Closeout Phase Professional Services – APTIM was responsible for inspecting all completed work in detail for all areas that became ready for “Placed in Service” or “Substantial Completion. The APTIM CM Team helped NYCT balance numerous “Quality of Life” issues by monitoring and mitigating noise, vibration, dust, erosion, and traffic while maintaining an aggressive construction schedule to meet interim and final NYCT milestones. APTIM was also responsible for providing constructability reviews and hosting a partnering session among NYCT, the design build contractor at various stages of the construction for supporting a successful project.

APTIM provided Construction Management Services for Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot, which is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit’s first LEED™ certified bus depot.

APTIM provided Construction Management Services for Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot, which is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit’s first LEED™ certified bus depot. The south façade of the building serves an energy-conserving function as a passive heating device.

APTIM provided Construction Management Services for Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot, which is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit’s first LEED™ certified bus depot. A collection system on the roof sends rainwater into a storage tank for use in depot operations. The most cost effective and energy efficient HRUs on the roof use a heat exchanger when it is cold outside. A green roof uses plants to cool the building in summer, absorb CO2 from the air and reduces storm runoff. The green roof encompasses 50% of the available roof surface. The remaining 50% feature a white roof. This high efficiency feature prevents heat gain in warmer weather but will not reflect light onto neighborhood buildings or cause glare.

APTIM provided Construction Management Services for Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot, which is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit’s first LEED™ certified bus depot.

APTIM provided Construction Management Services for Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot, which is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit’s first LEED™ certified bus depot.

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