After opening the nation's first LEED-certified public transit station
in 2004 and introducing Grand Rapids' first hybrid electric bus in 2004, The Rapid continues on its route to creating a greener city with its plan for LEED
certification of a $32 million expansion of its Wealthy Operations Center.
The operations center (333 Wealthy St. SW) is the hub for all maintenance of the bus fleet as well as the operations administrative offices. Green features of the 280,000-square-foot addition include access to natural light to reduce electricity, a green roof on a portion of the building and the addition of a half-dozen wind turbines to supply some of the facility's electrical needs.
"Virtually all vehicle maintenance is done here, so we're expanding the number of (service) bays so we can work on more busses at one time," says Brian Pouget, operations director. "We're doubling the size of the bus storage area, which is the main impetus for the expansion. It was built in 1977 for 100 busses, but with 125 busses now, we've run out of space and we're looking to the future when we'll house 170."
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