Viva Transit Facility, Richmond Hill, Ontario
This bus operations, maintenance and storage facility is a unique project type that has very specific design and construction requirements, different from most other building types. The 528,000 sq ft facility will feature a repair garage with 20 bays and a bus storage facility accommodating 250 articulated buses. Other amenities will include a parking garage, outdoor parking facilities, salt and storage sheds, courtyard and patio, landscaped and paved areas, underground water storage tanks, administration and operations offices with related staff facilities. The facility is designed to serve a fleet large enough to service the growing needs of the Region to year 2031. It will accommodate 40ft long buses in the current Region’s fleet as well as 80ft long double articulated buses in the future.
The design aesthetic and architectural expression of the project introduces a free-flowing organic form for the heavily populated areas of the administration block. Curved and sloped glass walls are used extensively to bring in as much daylight as possible and create a more pleasant working environment.
The overall design will incorporate distinguishable Viva (the Region’s bus rapid transit service) branding, state-of-the-art building operating systems, plus environmentally responsible materials and systems to support, at minimum, a LEED® Silver certified building.