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TriMet Powell Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility

Creating community through facilities design

  • Portland, Oregon

    Portland, Oregon

An operations and maintenance facility that prioritizes human comfort and satisfaction above all else

TriMet prides itself on being a close-knit community. Many operators and mechanics have worked at the Powell facility for a decade or more—once an operator is assigned to the facility, it’s rare they leave. Our goal for designing their new operations and maintenance facility is to continue to reflect that strong sense of community.

When TriMet desired an innovative, operationally efficient facility to serve as a role model for other transit agencies, we looked to the region’s natural features. The idea of a functional treehouse inspired us as we investigated the vertical stratification of functions to design a safer, healthier facility.

Quality design supports high-functioning facilities, a sense of community, and an appreciation for their most valuable asset—a strong workforce. All areas of this project were designed to optimize vision and daylighting through interior maintenance spaces and exterior bus storage to maximize safety for supervisors, mechanics, and operators. A large, partially covered exterior patio is included to encourage employee gatherings which includes a green roof, planters, and a built-in grill.

The project will be built in three phases and will include 286 electric buses.

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Meet Our Team

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 , Senior Associate, Discipline Lead, Lighting

I love that my work blends science and technology with design and experience.
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Merlin Maley, Principal, Buildings

My passion is creating 21st century communities by assisting our clients in realizing their dreams of multi-modal transportation networks.

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.

Alina Wolf, Lighting Designer

Inter-discipline collaboration yields the most successful lighting designs—you can address details that others may not have considered.

Barb Berastegui

Senior Associate, Buildings

Rachel Fitzgerald

Senior Associate, Discipline Lead, Lighting

Merlin  Maley

Principal, Buildings

Jared Weismantel

Senior Industrial Architect

Molly Weismantel

Project Manager

Alina Wolf

Lighting Designer

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