Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today celebrated the opening of the new David F. Bone Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operations Center (EMTOC) in Rockville This is another of the Executive’s Smart Growth Initiative (SGI) projects that is revitalizing an old industrial area by creating an urban village near the Shady Grove Metro station. Leggett’s SGI is a cost-neutral strategy that will provide substantial economic opportunities for future growth while implementing the goals of the Shady Grove Sector Plan.
The SGI will:
• Create a transit-oriented bioscience enclave at the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center that will increase the County’s competitiveness;
• Construct thousands of new housing units;
• Create new, high-paying jobs;
• Relocate and replace old, overcrowded, inadequate public facilities;
• Save $22 million a year on rent payments; and
• Create opportunities to protect the agricultural reserve.
“One of the priorities of my administration has been developing the Smart Growth Initiative, and I am very proud to be celebrating completion of another of the many projects that will help make this plan a reality,” said Leggett. “By relocating old and overcrowded County government facilities to make way for a sustainable, transit-oriented community near Metro, we are boosting the economic health and competitiveness of Montgomery County. The Smart Growth Initiative will create a better quality of life for our residents well into the future.”
The David F. Bone EMTOC is a collection of 12 buildings serving the Department of Transportation’s divisions of Transit Services and Highway Services and the Department of General Services’ Division of Fleet Management. The onsite facilities include administrative buildings; parking for 200 buses; bus service lanes; bus wash facility; fare collection area; bus service maintenance bays; parts room; heavy equipment storage shed; soil/gravel storage area; salt barn; Highway Services bays; compressed natural gas fast-fill, gasoline and diesel fueling stations; and employee and visitor parking.
The overall project is designed to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by incorporating innovative features. The EMTOC’s environmentally-sensitive design increases the size of existing facilities, but does so within a smaller footprint than the facilities it replaces by using multi-story buildings. The approach has preserved many acres of green space to provide a stream buffer and conserve forest land. A pilot project, the first in the State of Maryland, will reclaim, treat and reuse rainwater for toilet flushing and bus washing, reducing water use by 80 percent. Seventy-five percent of the building roofs, more than four acres, are green to decrease stormwater runoff.
Other green design elements include: 100 percent of average annual rainfall treated by storm filters; energy efficiency features expected to reduce energy costs by 30 percent compared to typical buildings; solar lighting on the parking roof; reuse or recycling of 75 percent of construction and land debris; exterior lighting that fully complies with LEED light pollution reduction requirements; low-flow plumbing fixtures expected to save 30 to 40 percent of water use; equipment and refrigerants that minimize or eliminate the emission of compounds that contribute to ozone depletion and global warming; use of low-emission and regional materials in construction; purchase of Renewable Energy Credits for a cleaner and more sustainable environment; active and passive noise reduction measures; and low-maintenance landscaping that will not require irrigation.
Leggett also announced that the Department of General Services Division of Fleet Management Services has added 40 new, clean diesel buses to the Ride On fleet. This is the largest number of buses purchased at one time since 2009. With this most recent acquisition, more than 75 percent of the Ride On fleet is comprised of clean diesel, hybrid electric-diesel or compressed natural gas buses.
EMTOC is named for the late David F. Bone, Ride On’s senior planner from it’s creation in 1973 until 2000. He was the chief architect of Ride On’s service philosophy, route design and structure, creating the concept of Ride On as a neighborhood feeder system to Metrorail and Metrobus. Bone was involved in every aspect of Ride On, including attending all public hearings, participating in union negotiations, developing strategic plans and creating transit centers, such as those at Lakeforest and Montgomery malls and the Germantown Transit Center. Bone died in 2009.
“Dave’s genius was in Ride On route design, and he developed a system that was quite unique for those times,” said Ride On General Manager Carolyn Biggins. “Rather than staying on main roads, he routed buses into neighborhoods to connect whole communities to soon-to-be completed Metro stations and employment centers., Dave designed routes that fed two or sometimes three rail stations, unlike other suburban bus systems that might provide service to one rail station . Thanks to Dave, most of Ride On’s routes are among the most productive suburban bus routes in the country, because they have ridership that is balanced in both directions at almost all hours of operation.”
The Shady Grove Sector Plan, approved by the County Council in 2005, calls for transitioning the area around the Shady Grove Metro station from light industrial uses to transit-oriented development, including affordable and workforce housing. To accomplish this goal, the County Service Park facilities, which are located in the heart of the planning area along Crabbs Branch Way, must be relocated. The facilities being moved include the former Equipment and Maintenance Operations Center, which contains the Highway Maintenance Depot; the Department of Liquor Control Headquarters and Warehouse; Montgomery County Public Schools Food Distribution Center, Bus Depot and Facilities Maintenance Depot; County Radio Shop; and Park and Planning Facilities Maintenance Depot. The departments of Police and Fire and Rescue and the Office of Homeland Security have already moved to the Public Safety Headquarters building, which is also home to the divisions of Highway Services and Traffic Engineering in the Department of Transportation.
The SGI is proceeding as follows:
• Demolition of the Department of Liquor Control warehouse is complete.
• Demolition of the former EMOC facility is next.
• Preparation of the site for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Food Facility is complete and notice to proceed has been issued to construct the replacement.
• Construction has begun for Turkey Thicket Drive.
• Development of the County Service Park will begin in early 2015.
• Public Service Training Academy site work is underway and construction of the facilities is expected to begin summer 2014.
• Construction of MCPS and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission depots to begin summer 2015.
The construction contractor for the David F. Bone EMTOC is Coakley Williams Construction, Inc. The design team included Baker and Associates, architect, interior design and landscaping; ADTEK Engineers, Inc., structural and civil engineer; S3E Klingemann, Inc., mechanical, plumbing and fire protection engineer; EPCM Consulting Engineers, electrical engineer; and Maintenance Design Group, equipment and fleet consultants. The construction cost for the project was $79 million.
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