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North Davidson Street Facility Renovation

The Charlotte Area Transit Systems (CATS), a department of the City of Charlotte, NC, was operating its transit service out of a facility on North Davidson Street and a bus maintenance and operations facility which had been completed on South Tryon to accommodate CATS’ expanding fleet.


The Davidson Street Facility was constructed in 1980-1981 and included a two-story (plus basement) administration/operations building (14,268 square feet), a three level (including mezzanine) maintenance building (62,116 square feet), and a fuel and wash facility (11,488 square feet). CATS planned to renovate these facilities to provide work spaces for operations and maintenance that would be similar in nature to those provided in the South Tryon facility.

WSP USA was responsible for carrying out the planning, renovation, and expansion of the CATS Davidson Maintenance Facility. Project elements included project management; programming and design criteria; conceptual site and building plans; cost estimates; detailed design; equipment selection, layout and specification; security/communications/IT design; and bidding and construction services.

The project was funded, in part, with federal stimulus funds. To maximize the positive impact on the local economy and to take advantage of the favorable bidding climate, the project was split into three separate construction contracts.

Contract A was the renovation of the existing maintenance building; Contract B was the complete renovation of the existing administration/operations; and Contract C was the construction of a new multi-level parking deck east of the existing maintenance building to accommodate employee parking.

The bids for all three contracts came in more than $4 million under budget, which made it possible for CATS to renovate the existing Fuel and Wash Facility and replace the existing underground fuel storage tanks