Santa Clarita goes green


first_img The Federal Transportation Administration is underwriting 80 percent of the project’s cost. City officials hope the green building serves as a teaching tool for school kids and local developers. Self-guided and guided public tours will be offered. Markarian said the public CNG station, the only one of its kind in Santa Clarita, will be operated by a private contractor with city oversight. Credit cards will be provided to users, who will be billed later. The transit yard is at 28250 Constellation Road in the Valencia Industrial Center. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Straw bales in the walls of the city’s transit maintenance complex have been cloaked in plaster – but the visible energy-saving features will be strutted like a peacock’s plumes when the $20 million facility opens in April. “Hopefully, the city is going to be leading by example when it comes to encouraging sustainable design,” said senior engineer Kris Markarian, the project manager. “The building has 40 percent greater energy efficiency than required by code.” The 20,000-square-foot U-shaped office building and bus maintenance yard were due to open in December, but last year’s storms ate into the construction schedule. Santa Clarita Transit’s administration and operations staff members will move there in March. The city’s fleet of about 94 buses will be housed, fueled, serviced and washed on site. Space is available for 150 buses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card People and buses will go green at their new digs. The straw bales provide greater insulation – two to three times as much – as standard building materials. Clerestory windows and skylights flood the offices with natural light. The building is positioned to take advantage of seasonal changes, maximizing winter sun and deflecting summer heat. Eight-foot roof overhangs shade the windows, and indigenous plants conserve water use. Some of the buses will run on compressed natural gas, a clean-burning fuel, which is used in water heaters, stoves and clothes dryers. Older buses that run on diesel fuel will be replaced as needed by CNG-fueled buses. A $1.25 million solar canopy – designed to collect energy and shade buses from the midday sun – will pay for itself in about 10 years, Markarian said. In 2004, the project was estimated at $15.9 million, but building costs for compressed natural gas stations – one for buses, another for the public to use – added $4 million more. Markarian said construction delays did not account for higher material costs because prices were locked in when contracts were signed. last_img

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