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.”