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Minneapolis Metro Transit Heywood II Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility

Designing an innovative facility to blend the urban site context and provide a focus on occupant well-being

  • 383K

    Square Feet

  • 11


  • Zero

    Pursuing Net Zero Energy

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

Helping our client achieve their goals, now and for the future

The Metropolitan Council set a goal to achieve a 50% increase in ridership by 2020, and a long-range target for doubling transit ridership by 2030. To do this, they decided to construct a new building to accommodate their growing bus fleet and employees. That’s where we stepped in.

The Metro Transit division of the Metropolitan Council is developing a new bus operations and maintenance facility to serve approximately 220 buses. Our design for this project includes maintenance, fueling, washing, bus parking, administrative offices, and employee parking over 11 acres.

This project is targeting net zero energy and will comply with the state of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines (B3 Guidelines)—a sustainability tool that the state has adopted in place of LEED. Our team’s design challenge is to combine a highly functional facility design, with the client’s desire for wellness within the administrative spaces and integrate innovative arrangements of spaces and materials that address the urban context and public street, and we can’t wait to rise to the opportunity.

Meet Our Team

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.
Ken Anderson Vice President, Civic Sector Leader, Buildings Read More

Rachel Bannon-Godfrey, Vice President, SDG Impact Leader

Sustainable design is a vague and undefined term, but that doesn’t mean our approach to it can be.
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Barb Berastegui, Senior Associate, Buildings

Each project is so unique, I try to create spaces that tell a story about the ‘place’ developed from the goals of the client and the specificity of the site.
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Rachel Fitzgerald , Principal, Discipline Lead, Lighting

I love that my work blends science and technology with design and experience.
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Greg Shipley, Associate, Senior Project Manager

Approaching each design with a people-first mentality and developing the project holistically sets the course for a successful project.
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Jared Weismantel, Senior Industrial Architect

I thrive in an environment focused on exploration and collaboration with a commitment to efficient and holistic design solutions.
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Molly Weismantel, Project Manager

Focusing transit facility design on people supports not only those people directly but also a sustainable and vibrant community.

Ken Anderson

Vice President, Civic Sector Leader, Buildings

Rachel Bannon-Godfrey

Vice President, SDG Impact Leader

Barb Berastegui

Senior Associate, Buildings

Rachel Fitzgerald

Principal, Discipline Lead, Lighting

Greg Shipley

Associate, Senior Project Manager

Jared Weismantel

Senior Industrial Architect

Molly Weismantel

Project Manager

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