Hensel Phelps and Stantec win contract for $225m new WMATA rail facility


Construction firm Hensel Phelps and Canadian design firm Stantec have been selected by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to design and deliver its new rail facility.

The new $225m WMATA rail heavy repair and overhaul (HRO) facility, which is located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is expected to support WMATA’s aim to achieve greater efficiency and a new process for railcar maintenance, repairs, and overall operations.

Under the contract, Hensel Phelps and Stantec will be responsible for the design, construction, testing, and commissioning services for the project along with planned provision for future growth.

The new innovative and sustainable facility will serve Metrorail vehicles and car track equipment maintenance with service bays for 40 rail cars, a rail car truck shop, and storage tracks to accommodate up to 24 rail cars.

Planned to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2024, the work on the HRO facility will also include a new rail connection from the project site to the Metrorail Orange Line.

The two companies will also ensure the integration of green design features in order to align with LEED Platinum certification.

The priorities of the new HRO facility include ample daylighting for train repair and office operations, optimised indoor environmental quality, water demand reduction, reduced energy usage, and innovative storm water management practices.

Stantec Buildings practice transit sector leader Ken Anderson said: “This new facility will support an enhanced model for maintenance and repairs that will contribute to WMATA’s objectives for a safer and more efficient system.

“By integrating sustainability and resiliency with advanced functionality and high-quality spatial design, WMATA is positioned to have one of the most unique transit facilities in the country.”


Hensel Phelps and Stantec win contract for $225m new WMATA rail facility. (Credit: David Mark from Pixabay.)


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