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Driving Transit Consolidation

Repurposing an abandoned facility into a sustainable site streamlines operations for McDonough County Public Transit

Seated in McDonough County in western Illinois, the city of Macomb is home to Western Illinois University and more than 19,000 people—many of whom use the McDonough County Public Transit (MCPT) bus and demand response services to get around. With parts of its operation positioned in opposite corners of town, city-owned MCPT turned to CDM Smith to help consolidate its 50-vehicle fleet and staff under one roof to better serve the community and simplify operations. Partnering with MCPT, Maintenance Facility Consultants, and local design firm Benton and Associates we identified an opportunity to refit an abandoned and deteriorating industrial facility—previously home to a well-established ceramic insulation business—that would put MCPT closer to downtown Macomb. With the Illinois Department of Transportation securing federal and state funds for the project, we then provided MCPT with a range of architectural, engineering, and construction administration services to meet their needs.

MCPT facility drawing inline 1About half of the building, its steel structure and a large portion of existing exterior walls were retained during construction. The repurposed 66,683-square-foot location houses pull-through vehicle storage areas, maintenance area and an elevated, comfortable office environment for administrative and dispatch staff. Inside the administrative area are individual offices, common work spaces, conference rooms and a training room. The maintenance area contains six bays with lifts capable of handling a variety of vehicles, while the storage area was built with materials meant for durability, aesthetics and acoustic control to create a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

MCPT facility drawing inline 2Adding to the site’s sustainability features are the highly reflective white roof, energy-efficient HVAC and lighting controls, water-efficient fixtures, recycled materials, and solar light tubes that offer more daylight than conventional skylights by reflecting it throughout the building. Reusing only a portion of the original facility allowed space for nearly 100 parking spaces to be allotted, as well as separate fuel and vehicle wash stations to be located next to the facility.

The revitalization of this former town landmark has truly benefitted the MCPT and the city of Macomb. MCPT has seen a flawless transition to its new facility since its completion in April 2013. Streamlining and centrally locating its operations not only improved service for riders, but it has also allowed MCPT to plan for possible future expansion of its fleet and bus routes to accommodate more of the Macomb community.

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