QUAD-CITIES, Iowa – Bush Construction of Davenport, IA, has begun work on the new MetroLINK Transit Maintenance Facility, a $33 million project in Rock Island, IL. The structure will be a green building, and A.J. Loss, President of Bush Construction, believes this project may inspire and encourage other businesses to choose sustainable construction as an option for their future projects.
“Green buildings save money in heating, air-conditioning, electricity and water usage costs. They can offer incredible benefits for a building’s efficiency and for the environment,” said Loss. “They are also more comfortable and healthier for the people who use them.”
The new MetroLINK Transit Maintenance Facility is planned to be a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified Building. The 150,000-square-foot, one-story MetroLINK Transit Maintenance Facility will be located at 4501 4th Ave., Rock Island, Illinois, in Columbia Park, where a former Farmall plant used to stand.
Quad Cities MetroLINK is the primary public transportation system of the Illinois Quad-Cities, and has been a sustainable leader in the community for more than a decade, through the active use of clean technologies and infrastructure.
“We are happy to be working with Bush Construction on this project, since they have considerable expertise in sustainable construction,” said Jennifer Garrity, MetroLINK’s Manager of Administration. “Like MetroLINK, Bush Construction is dedicated to a greener future.” The new facility will be completed in early 2014.
According to Loss, the structure will incorporate cutting-edge green building elements, so that it saves energy and functions in harmony with the environment. “We have seven LEED Accredited Professionals on-staff, including myself,” he added, “and the rest of our staff is knowledgeable about sustainable construction. In addition to the green expertise that will go into the MetroLINK project, we will also incorporate an advanced safety regimen.”
MetroLINK’s current maintenance facility, built in 1983, is located near the new site at 2929 5th Ave., Rock Island. While the current facility can hold up to 57 buses, the new building will more than double that number, with a top capacity of 120 vehicles. The new building will feature a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, since 70% of the MetroLINK fleet runs on natural gas. This will allow MetroLINK to maintain its fleet in one location while still allowing for growth well into the future.
According to Tom Quinn, Bush Construction’s Project Manager for the MetroLINK facility, their contract covers everything in the construction process except the building concrete, the structural steel, and the compressed natural-gas system. “Those will be covered by other contracts,” Quinn said.1 2 next >>