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Winnipeg Transit

Brandon Garage Project

In February 2014, Winnipeg Transit opened Brandon Garage. The new bus storage facility is approximately 135,000 sq. ft. and can accommodate up to 153 regular 40 foot transit buses. The garage was built to meet our anticipated fleet expansion over the next 20-30 years.

The facility, which took under two years to construct, was built as a Design-Build process and cost approximately $22 million. The building, targeting LEED Silver Certification, was built using energy and environmental design features.

Construction facts

  • 44 metric tonnes out of a total of 74 metric tonnes of waste was diverted from landfills to recycling facilities. That is equivalent to the weight of 24 grey elephants
  • 25% of all construction materials were made from recycled content!
  • 75% of the construction materials were purchased or produced locally in order to reduce the environmental impact from transportation (within 800km for road transportation or 2400km for rail).

Environmental facts

  • Promote active transportation providing bicycle storage and parking spots reserved for car pooling
  • Promote biodiversity and save water by planting native vegetation that does not require any irrigation
  • Mitigate Urban Heat Island Effect using light colors on roof, grey concrete pavement and vegetation
  • Save energy with automatic controlled interior lighting and introduction of daylight into the regularly occupied areas of the building.
  • Reduce ozone depletion by using HFC refrigerants in all cooling equipment
  • Save potable water with low flow fixtures, automatic flush valves and water fountains that reduces total potable water consumption by more than 30%
  • High efficiency lighting system with T5 fluorescents and LED fixtures
  • High efficiency heating system consisting of:
    • Heat Recovery Ventilation units that recover the heat from exhaust air to preheat supply air saving energy.
    • Ventilation system controlled by demand and exhaust gases monitoring
    • Overhead doors equipped with air curtains to hold the warm air inside the building
    • Under-slab heating system
    • Wall panels with an R20 insulation value
  • Recycling storage bins to accommodate recycling from the office area, as well as the bus servicing area.
  • Four full equipped Electrical Charging stations for Electric Buses to promote Zero Emission Vehicles

The energy efficient design provides a 21% reduction in electrical consumption and 45% reduction in natural gas consumption compared to a traditional building of similar size and use. Brandon Garage avoids over 950 tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases each year compared to a traditional building of similar size and use.

Winnipeg Transit and Manitoba Hydro – Power Smart Program

Photos of Brandon Garage

Brandon Garage - our new bus storage facility Taking advantage of natural light Brandon Garage has storage for up to 150 buses Brandon Garage is equipped with a wash rack to do exterior cleaning of buses Brandon Garage is equipped with electric bus charging stations
The garage is equipped with CO2 sensors throughout Brandon Garage has designated carpool parking stalls for staff Brandon Garage was built adjacent to existing Active Transportation infrastructure Brandon Garage has locker and shower facilities for staff who bike, jog, walk, or skate to work
Brandon Garage is equipped with a dispatch office that takes advantage of natural light Bus operator report area features a large amount of natural lighting as well as a kitchen area Brandon Garage Construction - August 2012 Brandon Garage Construction - September 2012
Brandon Garage Construction - November 2012 Brandon Garage Construction - February 2013 Brandon Garage Construction - March 2013 Brandon Garage Construction - April 2013
Brandon Garage Construction - May 2013 Brandon Garage Construction - June 2013 Brandon Garage Construction - July 2013 Brandon Garage Construction - June 2013