Just to follow up on my most recent post on the greening of New York City’s subway infrastructure (and ignoring for the time being Wednesday’s fiasco), the Corona Maintenance Shop & Car Washer Facility landed at #10 on New York Construction’s Top Projects Completed list for 2006-07 (image to left via MTA). The $208 million, 135,000 square foot project was led by a team that included architect El Taller Colaborativo and design-build contractor Skanska USA Civil Northeast of Whitestone, New York. The scope of the project required the team to keep the former maintenance facility active while simultaneously proceeding with the new construction; 400 cars from the No. 7 train depend on the Corona facility for maintenance and cleaning. The Shop is free of columns, stretches 675 feet long, and stands one story tall.
The project is the first railcar maintenance facility in the country to seek any level of LEED rating, designed to achieve Certified status. The project team specified recycled or low-VOC materials for the building’s structural steel, sealants, interior flooring, and wall finishes. Concrete masonry block walls provide increased thermal insulation, and a roof-integrated photovoltaic system should provide around five percent of the facility’s electricity consumption.