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where some see challenges

we see a fleet of potential

There is nothing cookie cutter about this custom-designed, state of the art transit centre which sets a new standard for fleet dispatch and service.

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Hamilton Transit Centre

7 years to complete
3 fuel types available: gasoline, diesel & cng
22 vehicle maintenance bays
700 employees at full operating capacity
73400 site area
14760 building area
9640 of concrete
1512 tonnes of steel
178000 of preload material

Fuel injected creativity in every custom detail.

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Hamilton Transit Facility is made up of eight buildings, including the Operations & Administration Building, Maintenance Building, Fuel Building, Fuel Island, Bus Wash Facility, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Vault Pull and Tire Storage Building.

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Construction of the facility began in January 2015. The central core of the maintenance building features inside forming and reinforcing to provide resistance to seismic forces.

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The floor of the maintenance building features suspended slabs with structural reinforcing and in-floor radiant heat piping.

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The maintenance building is a clearspan structure to allow buses to easily maneuver through the space. Bus hoist frames are laid into the floor before pouring the concrete flooring.

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The 140,000 sq.ft. facility provides operations, maintenance and service support for a fleet of 300 buses, including standard and articulated buses and community shuttles, fueled by diesel, gasoline and CNG.

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Clerestory glazing for natural light, LED lighting and reflective floor finishes improve light levels in the space and create a better working environment for maintenance staff.

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The maintenance building features a centre drive aisle and maintenance bays with bus roof access platforms and exhaust hose reels. Bus roof access platforms provide safe access for maintenance staff to reach roof-mounted components without the need for restrictive fall prevention equipment.

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Centralized fluid distribution piping is used to distribute three engine oils, gear oil, automatic transmission fluid (ATF) grease and windshield washer fluid to each bay. They have a service pressure of up to 5,000 PSI.

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Programmable fluid dispensers control and track the oils and fluids used on a per-vehicle basis for more efficient maintenance and performance tracking.

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The bus hoists have an 85,000 lbs. capacity and can be controlled by a fixed console or festoon-mounted pendant control.

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Computer control of bus roof access platforms automates safety features and simplifies user input.

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Client and stakeholder collaboration is important to ensure the facility meets the diverse needs of multiple user groups, from the owners to the bus drivers and maintenance staff.

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In order to service the bottom of the buses, basement mounted platforms provide access to chassis components in an ergonomic manner.

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Storage area and mezzanine for bus maintenance components.

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On-site gasoline and diesel fueling facilities operate nightly to service the fleet after their daily shifts.

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The bus drivers’ bullpen area includes CLT roof panels, clerestory glazing, acoustic wall panels and an artistic floor treatment representing the local Fraser River to provide an aesthetically pleasing work environment.

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Hamilton Transit Centre features convenient staff amenities, including fitness areas for drivers and maintenance staff to use during breaks or before or after shifts.

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The staff lunch room features large windows, cheerful colors and an adjacent roof top patio. An extensive amount of wood was also used throughout the facility to meet British Columbia’s “Wood First” policy.

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Secure storage for 50 bicycles is provided on site to encourage staff to use alternate means of transportation. This is one of many sustainable features of the facility to help target a LEED Silver rating.

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Oily wastewater is treated on-site in large stainless steel tanks. This exceeds municipal requirements.

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The paint booth can accommodate 60ft articulated buses and features downdraft airflow for increased efficiency and worker safety.

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The project is located in an area currently being transformed from heavy industrial to a combined residential, commercial and light industrial use, so the design team provided additional landscaping and screening features and also prepared the design for off-site improvements, including dyke, road, rail and pedestrian improvements.

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