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New Gold Line Maintenance Yard is Environmentally Friendly


The 24-acre, $265-million Gold Line Operations Campus in Monrovia, is one of the only facilities of its kind to meet  U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Gold standards, one of the highest levels available, according to Habib F. Balian, CEO of the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority.

The facility will house up to 84 light rail vehicles and nearly 200 employees over several shifts a day. Features built into the facility will reduce water and electricity consumption, as well as capture 100% of the rainfall from the site and infiltrate it into the groundwater aquifers below.  Highlights:

- A 714-panel, 178.5-kilowatt solar panel array has been installed that will generate 22,000 Kilowatt Hours/Month, enough electricity to meet one-third of power needs of the 132,000 square foot Main Shop Building. Excess power will be made available to the local electric grid.

- Water-reduction measures in the Main Shop Building (such as high efficiency fixtures and infrared sensor faucets) will help achieve a 35% water reduction level. Smart sprinkler technology and drought-tolerant plants will reduce landscape water consumption by 50%. The large carwash facility, with average usage of 60,000 gallons of water a day, will use only recycled, reclaimed water.

- A specialized stormwater management system has been installed to capture the first 3/4-inch (112,000 gallons) of a 100-year storm event. The stormwater is treated, then sent to large, open-bottom subterranean chambers below the facility.

- Recycled materials make up nearly 50% of the material used on the campus, and materials were locally sourced to reduce environmental impacts of long-distance transport.

Source: press release

- Brad Haugaard

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