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San Luis Obispo RTA Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility

Providing thought leadership for a sustainable building design

  • 27K

    Square Feet

  • $17M

    Construction Value

  • 6.5


  • San Luis Obispo, California

    San Luis Obispo, California

All-electric facility exceeds California’s Green Building Code (CalGreen)

We designed a facility for the San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (RTA) that operates, services, and maintains their entire fleet while also serving as the agency’s headquarters. Using ultra-local building materials, our team designed the facility to exceed the base requirements of California’s Green Building Code (CalGreen). We provided architecture and civil engineering for the project—as well as survey, landscape architecture, mechanical and plumbing engineering, industrial architecture, telecom, and security design.

Sustainable building design eliminates the operational use of fossil fuels on-site and increases the potential for photovoltaic power generation with solar panels installed on the building roof and over bus parking—and the facility has been designed to accommodate a future all-electric vehicle fleet. The initial phase of battery-electric bus charging equipment for up to four buses allows the RTA to implement and test new vehicles for deployment.

The facility has parking capacity for up to 67 public transit vehicles, as well as 84 visitor and employee vehicles, and includes five repair bays, a wash bay, parts storage, training room, dispatch suite, and administration offices. Reflecting the agency’s close-knit, family atmosphere, a large, shared breakroom and kitchen opens out to an employee patio.

San Luis Obispo RTA’s new facility will help deliver safe, reliable transit services for people living throughout San Luis Obispo County. 

At a Glance

  • San Luis Obispo RTA
Meet Our Team

Patrick M. McKelvey , Senior Principal

Our purpose and goal is to create better places through thoughtful, creative, and responsive planning and design.

Will Todd, Senior Associate

Through the projects I work on and the relationships I form, it’s my goal to leave the world a better place than I found it.

Reb Guthrie, Principal, Fueling Infrastructure

Creative problem solving—in sometimes unexpected ways—while understanding and respecting user needs is easily the best part about my job.
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Amy Chang, Principal

It’s all in the details––these details don’t need to cost a lot of money, but it takes tremendous amount of thoughtful thinking to make perfection happen.

Jared Weismantel, Senior Associate, Senior Designer

I thrive in an environment focused on exploration and collaboration with a commitment to efficient and holistic design solutions.
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Brianna Daniels, Vice President

People are the lifeline of our community and our company. Motivating others to grow and succeed is my passion.

Steve Cook, Project Manager, Landscape Architecture

I enjoy working with a team that responsibly delivers buildable, functional, and maintainable solutions—especially in challenging conditions.
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Patrick M. McKelvey

Senior Principal

Will Todd

Senior Associate

Reb Guthrie

Principal, Fueling Infrastructure

Amy Chang


Jared Weismantel

Senior Associate, Senior Designer

Brianna Daniels

Vice President

Steve Cook

Project Manager, Landscape Architecture

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