The Ottawa County Transit Board has hired Bodner & Kerik Architects to design a new vehicle storage facility that is receiving federal stimulus funding.
Bill Lowe, director of the Ottawa County Transportation Agency, said contract bids for the 28,500-square-foot facility could be opened by July, 2010.
He said design plans will cost $350,000 and construction will be $3.5 million.
In addition, the transit board is receiving $75,000 in stimulus funding for scheduling/dispatching software; $510,000 for five 35-foot buses, and $158,059 for vehicle maintenance.
The storage facility will be constructed at the OCTA parking lot off N. Toussaint South Road near Oak Harbor and will incorporate energy-efficient systems in its construction, Mr. Lowe said, including wind turbine and solar power, and geothermal underfloor heating.
“We are creating a sustainable, energy-efficient facility that will operate with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification,” he said. “We want to have a facility that is less expensive to operate than it currently is and eats up as little as possible of our operating revenue.”
The facility design will also include a rain water reclamation system.
The agency maintains a fleet of about 30 vehicles.
“The contract for the new buses has been awarded and we anticipate receiving them in the next few months,” Mr. Lowe said. “We are in the process reviewing proposals for the scheduling/dispatching software and expect to award the contract by the end of February.”