With a philosophy of transparency and efficiency, Pierce County sought to create a road operations center to replace its aged, decentralized shop facilities, while providing optimum return on taxpayer investment. Following an extensive site selection process, TCF led a multi-disciplinary consulting team in programming and designing the buildings and site to achieve a sustainable, flexible, high-efficiency campus with expansion capability.
The Central Maintenance Facility (CMF) site, contains a primary administration building housing a customer service lobby, administrative and engineering offices, crew spaces; semi-heated and covered storage buildings; a fuel & wash facility; salt and sand storage; and brine-making and decanting areas. The campus was designed to optimize workflow, safety, communication, interaction, and visibility.
TCF’s Team diligently controlled costs as the design progressed, including the evaluation of life-cycle costs for major project components such as superstructure; mechanical; and paving systems, enabling the County to make informed choices about first cost vs. long-term cost and longevity. The resulting facility design has produced nearly 6% in productivity savings over the previous decentralized road shop system, as operations and day-to-day activities are stream-lined through system organization, operational adjacencies, and ample space for work tasks.