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Corona Maintenance Shop and Car Washer

WSP USA, as a subconsultant, served as design manager for the design and construction of this New York City Transit (NYCT) facility in Corona, Queens. The design-build project involved the demolition of existing buildings and tracks in the yard and the design and construction of a new maintenance shop, signal relay room, positive and negative cable work for the entire yard, new circuit breaker houses and new car washer facility. A key component of the project was phased construction of new elements to prevent the interruption of yard operations. The new facility provides a work area of approximately 132,000 square feet and includes administrative offices, support shops, storage areas, and employee facilities.


The design and construction process incorporated energy conservation and efficiency strategies; methods to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution; waste reduction; material recycling opportunities; and responsible waste management. The facility achieved a LEED certified rating in 2007, becoming the first NYCT maintenance facility and the first rail maintenance facility in the U.S. to achieve a LEED rating.

Recognition included the 2008 Design-Build Excellence Award for Transportation projects over $50 million from the Design-Build Institute of America in the National Design-Build Awards Competition; the 2007 Design-Build Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers Metropolitan Section; the 2007 Excellence in Design Award in the Green Building Category from the Queens Chamber of Commerce; the Platinum Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York; and the 2004 Honorable Mention for excellence in integrating sustainable design strategies into a railcar maintenance facility from New York City’s first Green Building Design Competition.