Centennial Garage - City of Edmonton
“This project is a perfect example of the great things that can be accomplished and achieved by working together.” – Don Tyson, Centennial Garage Fleet Supervisor
It’s big and it’s green. With enough space to house 250 buses, planners for Edmonton’s newest and largest transit facility deserve a round of applause for keeping the environment top-of-mind in the project’s design.
The Centennial Garage, built in one of Edmonton’s newest and fastest growing communities, was designed and built to the silver standard for North America’s leading green building rating system, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Some of the environmentally-friendly building highlights include a solar wall for heating, a specialized low-volume bus wash system, and a ventilation system that moves fumes away from occupied areas for employee safety and comfort.
Fleet Supervisor Don Tyson has worked for Edmonton Transit System (ETS)/Fleet Services for nearly 35 years. Throughout this career, he has worked in all of the city’s ETS facilities, but admits to holding a special attachment to this one. That’s because Tyson was part of the project’s planning team, which brought together the expertise of ETS staff, designers, builders, and municipal and provincial funding partners.
“The new facility is totally exciting,” said Tyson. “In my opinion, this project is a perfect example of the great things that can be accomplished and achieved by working together. The result is a big, beautiful building that will help us serve Edmontonians well into the future.”
Facilities like the Centennial Garage encourage Edmontonians to ‘think green’ and make transit their primary mode of transportation. Since officially opening in spring 2010, the Centennial Garage is providing additional transit options to residents, moving the city further into the 21st century.
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See photos* of the from the April 10, 2010 grand opening on Flickr.
*Photos courtesy of ETS.
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