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Middletown Area Transit, Middletown, CT Cost: $10.1M | Project Area: 18,000 sf / 1.75 acres

Client owned site advantageously located within the city. A small site with a triangular shape and ground level 6’ below the 100-year flood level.

Task:

  • Design a new transit facility with a 15-vehicle garage, maintenance bay and wash bay.

Challenges:

  • Provide a signature facility as a symbol for organization and as an honor to its late founding chairman
  • Awkward and tight triangular shaped 1.75 acre site
  • Vehicle maneuvering needed to accommodate 40 foot
  • Site ground level 6' below the 100-year flood level
  • Site contamination from buried landfill

Solutions:

  • Break the building’s visual mass down and maximize site utilization by stepping the building footprint to generally follow street lines.
  • Use a linked series a pitched roofs (a final request of the late chairman) to unify the individual functional volumes of the facility.
  • Locate the non-vehicular staff spaces—training, offices, lockers and toilets—at the point of the site, an area of minimal use for large vehicles and maximum neighborhood visual impact.
  • Minimize on-site vehicle circulation allowing for a maximum of site available for buildings. Accomplished by providing short but wide apron access off public streets for the garage, maintenance bay and wash bay.
  • All primary vehicle circulation is “flow through”—no backing movements are required.
  • Raise only staff areas above flood level thereby complying with FEMA mandated zoning requirements.
  • Garage areas were designed to flood with minimal damage; six-foot-high concrete walls are imperious to flood damage and mechanical and electrical elements in particular are raised above the flood elevation.
  • ADA accessibility between the two levels is provided by single interior and exterior ramps.