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GoTriangle Durham Orange Line Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility

Designing a unique rail operations facility

  • 40K

    Square Feet

  • 36

    Rail Vehicles

  • Durham, North Carolina

    Durham, North Carolina

Creating thoughtful design solutions to address a challenging site

When GoTriangle, Durham’s transit authority, needed a rail operations and maintenance facility for their new, 17-mile light rail line, we served as the facility design architect. The design consists of vehicle wash, cleaning and service and inspection bays, a maintenance of way (MOW) storage building that shares a loading dock with the warehouse, and administration offices.

The oblong, steeply sloped site presented a challenge for our design team, who also had to solve issues associated with entering and exiting the yard from the main line, work vehicle circulation around the yard, and vehicle storage. Our team also had to address visibility and noise from the site to the surrounding neighborhoods. Their unique solution? Placing administration on the second level and flipping the building footprint with an elevated pedestrian bridge over the rails for safety, allowed the team to provide solutions while maintaining required setbacks along each property line.

In addition, by combining natural lighting, more efficient operational flows, and a high efficiency energy system, our sustainable design can save the client thousands annually.

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Ken Anderson, Vice President, Civic Sector Leader, Buildings

Architecture has the ability to speak to the human soul. We have a responsibility with every project to create innovative, resilient spaces that connect people to the greater spirit of living.
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Ken Anderson

Vice President, Civic Sector Leader, Buildings

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