Airdrie Transit Storage and Maintenance Facility

Client City of Airdrie | Location Airdrie, AB | Size Building: 5,334m2, Site: 22,700m2 | Completion Ongoing

 

The City of Airdrie engaged GEC for the design of a new Transit Storage and Maintenance Facility that is essential to support the city’s rapid and sustained growth. The state-of-the-art, centralized facility will increase operational efficiency and support the continued delivery of safe, reliable, and affordable public transit. The new facility will meet the needs of Airdrie Transit upon completion and into the future with the ability to adapt and grow in response to the changing fleet.

In the first stage of the project, an Operational Assessment was completed to establish the functional program of the facility. This process led to the recommendation that the facility accommodate the 2026 fleet for storage, a maintenance facility complete with three maintenance bays, and an administrative programmed area with twelve open work stations. Each portion of the program is accompanied by necessary support spaces, right-sized to support the City of Airdrie’s needs. The site is designed to accommodate expansion without operational impacts, and the building is electric-bus ready - to accommodate Airdrie’s transition as they update the fleet in the coming years.

Maintenance Facility: On opening day, the facility will have two maintenance bays for articulated buses, and one for buses up to 40 feet in length. The bays are designed for direct drive-through access directly into the storage area and will be served by mobile lifts – a very flexible and efficient method for inspection and maintenance. The future addition of three more articulated-length maintenance bays is accommodated by the removal of the north wall and the construction of an additional structural bay.

Service Lane: The service lane – where buses enter upon finishing their routes – is where fluids are topped up, vacuuming occurs, and exterior washing takes place. The lane requires a high degree of flexibility such that, if upon its return, a bus needs to get washed but doesn’t need fluids or vice-versa, procedures can be easily adapted prior to entering storage. The service lane features splash curtains around the washing area and support rooms for water, cleaning supplies and associated mechanical equipment.

Storage Facility: The storage facility is able to house the full fleet in an interior conditioned space. Upon exiting the service lane or entering in from the bypass door, the buses are provided with a column free 20 metre circulation space to permit turning into the storage lanes.

Outdoor Program: The site development will utilize the space as a vehicle storage yard, while maintaining a portion of it for future expansion of outdoor programming. Landscaped areas with low-water irrigation enhances the yard and the outdoor employee amenity area that lies adjacent to the administrative component of the building.