The Assembly Square Station project will construct a new Orange Line station at the eastern edge of the Assembly Square redevelopment in Somerville. This new station will support Assembly Row, a new 50 acre site that will have 1.75 million square feet of office space, 880,000 of retail, 2,100 units of housing, and a 200-room hotel. When completed, this area will be the largest new transit oriented development project in the region.
The station will include energy efficient heating equipment, high efficiency glazing, machine-room less elevators, lighting control systems, low-flow water fixtures, and paints that do not include volitile organic compounds. The orientation and layout of the station has a small footprint and maximizes day lighting with the use of glazing which helps cut back on energy consumption. Lastly, the MBTA is building a green roof on the platform canopy to pre-treat storm water runoff before entering the on-site drainage system. For further information on this project, click here.
The Orient Heights Station project will improve and renovate the existing station to modernize the station and make it accessible for persons with disabilities. This station will include energy efficient heating equipment, high efficiency windows, machine-room less elevators, lighting control systems, low-flow water fixtures, LEED-certified benches and finishes, solid surface countertops and tile in the Train Operations Building, sustainable harvested hardwoods, and paints that do not include volatile organic compounds. There will be solar panels on the roof that will provide 20% of the station’s needs. In addition there will be a green roof on the train operations side of the station that will help cool the building and utilize rainwater discharge. For further information on this project, click here.
Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
Project Overview: Through its real estate asset management firm (Transit Realty Associates) the MBTA’s has issued a Request for Proposals/Invitation for Bids to design, develop and operate solar Photovoltaic Power Generation Facilities on the top story of the newly constructed Wonderland Station Parking Garage in Revere, Massachusetts and 21 acres in Readville Yard 5, Dedham Massachusetts.
The MBTA seeks to promote the development of renewable energy including solar photovoltaic facilities on its property for its own use. As the largest electricity consumer in Massachusetts, the MBTA has focused on the development of a system wide approach to implement energy efficiency programs with a goal of clean renewable energy development on its large real estate holdings.
The Wonderland Station Parking Garage site will incorporate solar panels on the top level of the garage and will generate a minimum 220kW of electric power. Readville Yard 5 will have ground mounted solar arrays that will produce a minimum of 750 kW of electric power and with the potential as much as 2.4mW. The length of the agreement will be for 20 years. The MBTA will use all the power via net metering agreements.
The RFP was posted on TRA’s website on March 21, 2012. To access the site, click here.
Schedule: Sealed Bids are due by June 7, 2012. The contract will be awarded in the fall of 2012 and the sites will go live within a year from the date the contract is awarded.
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