#2. Central Link Operations and Maintenance Facility, Bid Package No. 2

Cost: $59,397,800 (original contract)

Rendering courtesy of Sound Transit
Zimmer Gunsul Frascaís design features maximum daylighting of shop areas.
Project address:
Airport Way South and Forest Street, Seattle

Start of construction:
November 2003

completion date:

April 2006

Sound Transit


After delays and legal hurdles, work is finally under way on Sound Transitís Operations and Maintenance Facility, a major piece of infrastructure serving the light-rail line.

Located in the Duwamish industrial area of south Seattle, the 25-acre facility will serve as the nerve center of the entire light-rail network. It will handle all the functions of dispatching and controlling, as well as maintenance and repair, of light-rail vehicles and other components of the system.

When finished, the facility will contain a storage yard for light-rail vehicles, and maintenance and repair shop, to keep the systemís 60 to 100 light-rail vehicles in working order.

The storage yard can hold 104 light-rail vehicles, and the yard track work includes a run-around track, which provides access to both ends of the storage yard. The maintenance building, about 167,100 gross square feet, has three major components: Light Rail Vehicle Shop, Truck Repair Shop and Administration Building.

The one-story Light Rail Vehicle Shop will have a high roof with windows that maximize natural light within the work areas. It will contain service bays, pits and overhead platforms to service the trains. The one-story Truck Repair Shop will repair and service the large components of each car.

The four-story Administration Building will house equipment repair shops, parts storage areas and administrative staff offices. Workshops are located on the first and second floor of the Administration Building, with storage and training areas on the third floor. The fourth floor will contain the administration and operations functions for the light-rail system. A viewing area for visitors will be located on the second floor.



Kiewit Pacific Co., 4904 Lake Washington Blvd. N.E., Renton, WA 98056-0320, (425) 255-8333


Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, 1191 Second Ave., Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 623-9414

Other Participants
ACC Hurlen
Central Steel
Glacier Northwest
Global Inc.
JVH Construction Services
Nor-Pac Enterprises
Rebar International

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