We provided commissioning, energy modeling, and sustainability advisory services for this new transit facility in Banff, Canada.
The centre supports the operations of the Roam Transit bus fleet in the Bow Valley, Alberta, by encouraging the shift to alternative transportation in Banff National Park, which is also a Canadian National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The single-story 1,414 m² building stores 12 buses inside and has an exterior canopy for additional buses. The interior of the centre has offices, a driver training classroom, a staff lunchroom, washrooms, and ancillary support spaces. There is also an area for light maintenance, a bus wash bay, and electric bus charging.
This project is one of the first transit storage and maintenance buildings to achieve CAGBC Zero Carbon Building Standard design certification, and is also targeting LEED certification.
The Roam Transit Operations and Training Centre is part of Banff's plan to reduce overall carbon emissions. The rooftop solar PV array offsets both the electricity use of the facility and electric bus charging. An efficient building envelope, HVAC design, and lighting minimize energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. A connection to the town's low-carbon biomass-fueled district heating system and the use of dry wells, bioswales, and infiltration zones to treat stormwater on-site further reduce the facility's environmental impact.