Southland Awarded Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Northern Bus Garage Replacement

Aug. 15, 2022

Washington, D.C.  Southland Industries has been awarded the WMATA Northern Bus Garage Replacement project. Southland will be contracted by Clark Civil for the HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, and building management system (BMS) controls.

Originally built in 1906 as a streetcar storage and maintenance facility, it was converted into a bus garage to serve Washington, D.C.'s rapidly growing metropolitan area in 1959. The network of bus routes and major renovations were later completed in 1987 and 1992. The Northern Bus Garage is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as well as the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites.

The project, which encompasses five major city streets in the residential neighborhood of Petworth, will be completely reconstructed into a modern bus facility, while also preserving the historic elements of the 14th Street façade, the Administration Building, and Historic Tower.

The replacement involves large-scale demolition work, including reconstructing nearly 750,000 square feet of the existing structure. The building will feature a high-performance air treatment and ventilation system designed to eliminate fugitive exhaust to the adjacent community. The new garage will accommodate 150 buses and include infrastructure that will support a fleet of electric buses in the future. The project is required to achieve a LEED Platinum certification. The LEED amenities include rooftop solar arrays and green roofs. It will be the first bus garage of its kind to contribute to WMATA's zero-emission bus plan.

"We are extremely excited to be working with Clark Civil and WMATA on this project. This is one of the largest progressive design-build projects that WMATA has undertaken to date. The project is multi faceted and will span 750,000 square feet of historical renovation that, when completed, will be designed with future technologies to support energy-efficient electric buses.

The project is also a LEED Platinum energy-efficient design that incorporates sophisticated HVAC and exhaust systems that will utilize heat recovery and energy-efficient strategies along with high-performance air treatment and ventilation systems design to eliminate fugitive exhaust to the surrounding communities." Mark Kosin, Vice President Work Acquisitions, Mid-Atlantic Division, Southland Industries. 


About Southland

As an MEP building systems expert, Southland Industries provides integrated, full lifecycle solutions that optimize the design, construction, operation, and efficiency of buildings. Through collaborative partnerships with our clients and the collective expertise of our people, we create premier built environments and future-ready spaces where communities and businesses can thrive. 

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