R.E. Warner was contracted by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority to complete schematic design, design development, construction document development, estimating, bidding support, and construction administration services related to the redesign of the Paratransit District Transit Maintenance Facility on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.  Improvements included two separate expansions to the existing building housing a new call center for the transportation department and a new facility maintenance area.  The project also included interior renovations and the addition of a new, more identifiable main entrance vestibule.  The interior renovations included reallocation of space to accommodate and update offices, common areas, and user facilities such as toilet rooms and locker rooms.  Updates in these areas incorporated energy efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures as well as sustainable finish materials. A close collaboration between R.E. Warner and GCRTA allowed for a smooth design process by incorporating the desires of the client early in the project design and continued with close client involvement during the document production phase.  This enabled the GCRTA to implement minor changes, comments and concerns in a manner where schedule and budget were not affected.

Site modifications included increasing the parking capacity to accommodate the expansion and ease cramped conditions.  The design also improved security of the site by providing new gate entry points at the north and south ends of the site.

This renovation and expansion allows the occupants to work more efficiently and be able to respond to the increasing demand on the Paratransit District’s services within the community.

Challenges and Successes:

Construction implementation of such an aggressive scale on an operating facility required several phases.  By locating these phases early in design, the team was able to develop a phasing plan that resulted in uninterrupted use of the future facility throughout construction.