Regional Transit Authority

This project consisted of storm recovery repairs to damages from Hurricane Katrina. The A. Phillip Randolph facility consists of 5 main buildings to provide management, support, staging and maintenance to a portion of RTA’s bus and streetcar fleet.

The facility was inundated with 4.5 ft. of water as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Woodward Design Build was awarded a contract for repairs to the first floor of the entire facility. The two bus maintenance buildings include 24 service bays supporting the bus maintenance and service operation. Most of the service bays include subsurface pits that are 8 ft below grade. These pits incurred wide spread damage due to the standing water. An accumulation of muck and debris was left behind in these areas after the water receded and was pumped out. Hydraulic bus lifts were housed below grade and had to be completely removed and replaced with newer models.

The standing water also ruined the Electrical Power Feed and Distribution System including back-up power. All electrical panels, breakers, contractors, transformers and switchgear had to be removed and replaced. Due to FEMA guidelines all electrical equipment had to be mounted on galvanized platforms above the mitigation elevation of just over 4 feet above the ground.

Other buildings requiring complete renovation included the streetcar maintenance barn, the fueling station and tire change building. As with any large size fleet maintenance facility, many other systems and operation support equipment had to be replaced. This included a complete compressed air system, body shop, paint booths, frame alignment racks, tire change equipment as well as both automated bus and streetcar wash systems. Associated with the wash system was a complete oil water separator and DAF filtration system. The fueling system consisted of underground storage tanks, distribution piping and a metered fill station.

The shop and maintenance buildings featured a high performance epoxy floor system. Interior finishes were removed and replaced for all first floor offices and shop areas, including walls, doors and ceilings. The two elevators serving the upper floors were removed and replaced. The entire yard and exterior of all the buildings were all pressure washed and painted to the flood mitigation elevation.

Project Information

  • Category
    Military & Government Facility Construction
  • Owner
    Regional Transit Authority
  • Design
    Billes Architecture, LLC
  • Budget
  • Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Completion
    November 2009

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