The much anticipated opening of the streetcar system is just around the corner! Known as a key economic development tool that transform the city’s infrastructure, the two mile long track will open to the public at the beginning of 2016. The success of this project is due, in part, to efforts from Custom Engineering, an MBE certified with the Mountain Plains MSDC. One of their most critical contributions has been to provide the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design for the maintenance facility, officially named Singleton Yard.
This two-story full-service station, which will be used for repairing and servicing the streetcars, shows a clear commitment to energy efficiency. Custom Engineering’s MEP design meets LEED® Gold standards. The facility will utilize a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC system with a dedicated fresh air system, low-flow plumbing fixtures with metered faucets, and high-efficiency gas-fired water heaters. All exterior and interior light fixtures are LED fixtures. Solar tubes were installed in the high bay areas to incorporate daylighting into the maintenance bays and daylighting controls were provided to dim electric lighting when adequate daylighting is available via the solar tubes.
With a state of the art maintenance facility in place, Kansas City streetcars are sure to remain in pristine shape for city residents.