Jones Petrie Rafinski (JPR), in association with Forum Architects, LLC, provided the design of a new 160,000 square foot bus maintenance and operation center for the South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (TRANSPO). The project incorporates sustainable design and construction strategies including alternative best management practices such as bio-retention basins, storm water sedimentation basins, pervious pavements, and wetlands utilizing native plant material. Signage was placed throughout the site to educate the public on the various environmental systems utilized throughout the site.
The project was constructed on a brownfield site where the former Studebaker Stamping Plant was located. This 24-acre parcel, being a past industrial site, provided various opportunities for environmental mitigation and site design solutions all provided by JPR. 95% of the project’s construction waste was diverted from local landfills and was recycled. Recycled concrete from the demolition of the Studebaker Plant was utilized as sub-base material for the concrete pavement.
This project procured a LEED Platinum certification as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council and will be the first of its type to obtain this certification in the world. The project was completed in 2010.