BOULDER — On January 25, the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its new Transportation Center, the first of three major projects to support educational opportunities in the 31,000-student district. The $15.3 million transportation facility is the result of a master planning effort that started in 2015.
The new $15 million facility replaced the decades-old “bus barn’ just a half mile away on BVSD’s administration campus on Arapahoe Road. This new facility will serve as the operations headquarters for all BVSD’s Transportation needs: dispatch, training, maintenance, washing, and fueling.
The projects added 28,000 square feet of maintenance programming with 12 repair bays, one chassis wash, parts storage, locker rooms, and multiple offices and meeting spaces for staff. Approximately 11,000 square feet of space is set aside for transportation programming, including a drivers’ break room, lockers, restrooms and administrative offices.
Additionally, the facility has a covered fueling island; a propane fueling island; four electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and separate infrastructure for electric-powered bus charging when the district adds EV buses; a 2,000-square-foot wash building; and parking for 150 yellow buses, 25 white buses, and 140 employees.
“This facility is a significant upgrade over the previous maintenance facility and creates an environment where employees can function to the best of their abilities,” says Barry Newton, Stantec senior project architect. “This is a purpose-built facility designed specifically for the needs of the school district’s fleet maintenance in the Boulder community—the office areas even have a great view of the Flatirons. The repair bays feature large overhead doors that can be opened on most days and windows to provide daylighting for employees.”
The Transportation Center is the first of three phases of upgrades for the school district’s central support campus. JHL Constructors will break ground on a new Central Kitchen in February, with completion scheduled for January 2020, and a major renovation of the Education Center is currently in design. Stantec is providing master planning, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and lighting design services on all three projects.
These projects are part of Boulder Valley School District’s 2014 bond-funded renovation program, made possible thanks to the generous support of local taxpayers. The construction program will provide much needed repairs and improvements to all schools in the district in addition to the work at the central campus.