Technical details
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Forestville, MD
Electrical, communications, architecture, civil

SYSTRA was the lead designer for the design-build of the Andrews Federal Center Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility. The project included the design and construction of two buildings to support WMATA’s mixed fleet of transit vehicles. The facility received a LEED Silver Certification and the project was recognized as an Engineering News Record Mid Atlantic 2019 Best Project.

In the new 335,000-square-foot complex, constructed on 35 acres, personnel conduct maintenance and manage operations for 175 buses. The complex houses facilities for fuel and wash, warehouse, bus engineering, and additional non-revenue vehicle maintenance.

SYSTRA led the architecture and engineering design for the entire building. The complex includes a 19,450-square-foot operator lounge, eight kitchen and break rooms, and five men’s and five women’s locker room facilities. A 240-foot-long, 11-foot-wide pedestrian bridge connects bus driver access to the main administrative complex. 

SYSTRA designed the electrical and lighting system for the entire facility. The design included medium voltage services and coordination with the utility company. The entire system was modeled in Revit and SKM load flow study, and we carried out a short circuit study to validate equipment sizes. The design also included a generator to provide redundancy and backup.