Completed New Building - Pupil Transportation Services Maintenance Facility Replacement (LEED Platinum)
- Original Building Opened: 1939
- Groundbreaking: July 30, 2009
- Construction Start Date: Spring 2009
- Projected Completion: February 2011
- Building Dedication: November 8, 2011
Architect: Dills Architects
Contractor: McKenzie Construction Corporation
Building Size: 87,500 sq. ft.
Total Project Budget: $21.8 million
- 2010 Stewardship Recognition Award (City of Virginia Beach, City Manager’s Office)
- 2011 Sustainable Development Honor Award (Virginia Beach Planning Commission)
Of Special Note: LEED Features (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
- First facility of this type in Virginia (maybe the country) to incorporate wind energy in to the facility. (Four wind turbines will be placed on the property)
- A rainwater collection system will be used to harvest water for flushing toilets and washing buses.
- The facility will have Geothermal heating and cooling for the main administrative building.
- Solar thermal panels on the roof will provide in-floor radiant heat for the 70,000 square foot maintenance areas.
- 18,000 square feet of green roof, covered with native plants, will help to mitigate storm water run-off and offer increased insulation and acoustical value.
- This is a zero run-off site. This means that no storm water will leave the site and flow in to the city storm system. This protects pollutants from entering the bay and allows rain water to flow back in to aquifers on site.
- The new Pupil Transportation Services Maintenance Facility will physically relocate the existing maintenance facility from it present location on New York Avenue to a location on Harpers Road.
- The Harpers Road site is approximately 20 acres in area and will serve as the main facility for the oversight of pupil transportation for Virginia Beach City Public Schools.
- Design of the combined 78,000 square foot facility will include spaces for staff members responsible for all the critical components of managing the school division’s school bus transportation service which transports 62,000 students daily. These critical components of managing the school division’s transportation services include: vehicle maintenance and repair; storage, and office space for staff proving administrative and supervisory support.
- The new facility will house both the management and maintenance functions in one physical location.
- The new facility will provide space for approximately 41 supervisory and clerical staff.
- The garage area will provide spaces for approximately 40 maintenance personnel providing service and maintenance for the school system’s fleet of 640 school buses and approximately 325 support vehicles (light duty trucks, vans, sedans, medium duty trucks, etc.)