The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has selected the design-build team of Hensel Phelps and Stantec to design and deliver the WMATA Rail Heavy Repair and Overhaul (HRO) Facility, located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The approximately $225 million project will support WMATA’s goals for greater efficiency and a new process for railcar maintenance, repairs, and overall operations.
With WMATA averaging over 625,000 daily rail users in 2019, the upgraded facility will advance the agency’s goals for an improved transit experience as transportation authorities across the nation prepare for an ensuing rebound in ridership following the COVID-19 pandemic. In support of WMATA’s objectives, the Hensel Phelps-Stantec team will provide design, construction, testing, and commissioning services to deliver an innovative and sustainable project as well as a plan to accommodate future growth.
The HRO Facility will serve Metrorail vehicles and car track equipment maintenance with service bays for 40 railcars, a railcar truck shop, and storage tracks to accommodate up to 24 railcars. The project will also include a new rail connection from the project site to the Metrorail Orange Line. The project is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2024.
In terms of sustainability, the design team will also integrate green design features with a goal for the facility to meet LEED Platinum certification. Project priorities include water demand reduction, significant daylighting for train repair and office operations, energy use reduction, innovative stormwater management practices, and optimized indoor environmental quality.