Across the country, many old public facilities bear the stamp of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, created to put America back to work during the Great Depression. In Raleigh, North Carolina, a major public project built to LEED Platinum standards will now bear testament to Great Recession stimulus funds allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Raleigh’s new Transit Operations Facility off Poole Road on 23 acres in east Raleigh was approved for stimulus funding in February of 2009, and broke ground in October of that year. Now the entire complex, consisting of a 27,400-square-foot, two-story operations administration building, a single-story bus maintenance facility of 56,000 square feet, a 7,500-square-foot bus wash building and two-lane fueling depot building, is slated for completion in April of this year.
The project budget included a number of green features, but when the Raleigh City Council received word last October that it would only take $269,400 worth of upgrades to make the Transit Operations Center eligible for LEED Platinum status, they unanimously decided to go for it.
The result is what Goodnight Raleigh calls “quite significant for Raleigh” and for the country as a whole: the first integrated administration and maintenance facility of its kind in the nation to achieve LEED Platinum certification.