Bowen began the design of this complex maintenance garage with an in-depth planning and programming process. The final maintenance garage is 220,000 SF and houses more than 200 full-size buses. The garage is designed with three indoor bus service lanes, three diesel fueling stations, a cyclone vacuum system and a gantry-style bus washer.
The vehicle maintenance area includes 14 bus lifts. Each service bay has overhead exhaust and lubrication equipment easily available to assist the mechanics as they perform repair work. The maintenance area also has a body shop bay and a chassis wash bay. Parts are stored in a secure parts storage room directly adjacent to the repair shop.
The south end of the garage houses the facilities maintenance shop. This area houses welding equipment, woodworking equipment, metal equipment and storage facilities to allow GCRTA’s maintenance staff to keep this garage, as well as other nearby GCRTA properties operational. The second level directly over the vehicle maintenance shop houses the administrative offices of the garage as well as driver facilities, including a lounge, locker rooms and showers.