The DC Streetcar Car Barn Training Center - A Civic Approach forTransportation Infrastructure

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The presentation is a case study of the District Department of Transportation(DDOT), Car Barn Training Center (CBTC), completed in 2017. Project goals and specific strategies will be presented in a highly graphic format to demonstrate how CBTC engages the community and elevates the role of a transportation maintenance facility through its workforce training program and its sustainable,transparent, and contextually compatible design.The 30,000 SF facility houses the DDOT operations and maintenance for the city’s first streetcar line and establishes a center for workforce training where students and residents can learn the technical skills for new transit jobs. The building invites neighborhood residents to view streetcar operations from the public entrance and to hold community events in CBTC’s conference spaces,which are available for public use. The urban and architectural design was driven by the goal of sensitively integrating a contemporary civic structure into its historic context—an educational campus built for African American students during segregation. The facility has been sited to complete the southern edge of the multi-facility campus, and its architectural and urban design enhance the surrounding neighborhood through a contemporary application of the campus framework, massing, and materials.A demonstration project for the Sustainable DC Plan and targeting LEED Gold®,CBTC is estimated to use 62% less energy than a similar baseline building through high performance features, including solar panels, high efficiency mechanical equipment, natural ventilation, and climate responsive design.Streetcar wash water is recycled; reclaimed rainwater from the roof is used for non-potable uses; and permeable pavers, grass paving, and rain gardens manage stormwater on site – all contributing to more resilient infrastructure.
Washington, DC
Distance Learning
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Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
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1. Discuss the historic contribution of transportation facilities to D.C.'s civic fabric and identify how approaches used in previous generations can be adapted to today's cultural and community needs.
2. Apply design strategies illustrated in the presentation to related to a historic context through massing, materials and landscape.
3. Apply strategies to engage with the public and use infrastructure to promote a community's equity and access.
4. Investigate systems and strategies to reduce demand on municipal energy and water systems while maximizing the potential for on-site energy production and creating a healthy environment for occupants.
Lance Eubanks, Associate AIA, LEED AP, Associate, ZGF Architects LLP
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