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Utah Transit Authority - Depot District Service Center

A new bus operations, maintenance, and administration facility will be housed in the historic and former Denver and Rio Grande railroad yard

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  • 154K

    Square Feet

  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Salt Lake City, Utah

Reimagining old facilities for a new expansion

Since 1972, Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has been operating and maintaining a fleet of 110 buses from its Central Bus Garage. With a growing fleet and no ability to expand, this outdated facility needed to be replaced—we were tasked with designing a new building for UTA that will have the capacity to store, operate, maintain, and service 135 buses.

Located in a historic site that was formerly the Denver and Rio Grande railroad yard, the historic “locomotive” building—built in 1923—is the oldest and largest railroad building of its kind in Utah. Despite its age, this unique 72,000 square foot historic building is substantially intact architecturally—we decided to adapt it into a new 80,000-square foot bus maintenance facility.

A new 25,000-square foot, two-story facility will be added to house all administration and operations functions. Our goal with this project is to maintain the historic integrity of the area, while providing UTA with the facility it needs to meet demand. What’s next? Once the second phase is complete, UTA will be able to store, operate, maintain and service 256 buses.

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 , Principal, Discipline Lead, Lighting

I love that my work blends science and technology with design and experience.
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Merlin Maley, Principal, Western Region Transit Sector Leader, Buildings

My passion is creating 21st century communities by assisting our clients in realizing their dreams of multi-modal transportation networks.
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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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Eric Wood, Associate, Project Architect

Designing architecture solutions for transit agencies is about creating an environment not only for the end user, but also the community.

Barb Berastegui

Senior Associate, Buildings

Rachel Fitzgerald

Principal, Discipline Lead, Lighting

Merlin  Maley

Principal, Western Region Transit Sector Leader, Buildings

Jared Weismantel

Senior Industrial Architect

Eric Wood

Associate, Project Architect

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