STV to Provide Design Services for New Bus Depot Project in Harlem

Apr 20, 2011, 13:34 ET from STV

NEW YORK, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The site of a former trolley barn in Harlem will be transformed into a new, state-of-the-art bus depot. The Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot is a $225 million design-build project for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit.

STV is providing architectural and engineering design services, including building information modeling (BIM), to Silverite Construction on this project. The new 400,000-square-foot depot will be a three-story structure that will house diesel-fuel buses and include maintenance areas and an administrative wing.

STV is responsible for designing alternates that reduce the height of the new facility without losing programming space. The MTA is pursing LEED® certification for the depot, which will feature a green roof to reduce the building's carbon footprint and a rainwater collection system to collect storm water for depot operations, such as bus washing. The new building will accommodate bus parking and employee parking inside the facility, reducing any impact on street parking for the neighborhood.

Located at 721 Lenox Avenue in Central Harlem, the site was originally used as a two-story trolley barn in the 1890s. It was modified in 1939 to become the 146th Street Bus Depot. In 1993, it was renamed for Mother Clara Hale, a humanitarian who worked with children in Harlem. The old structure was not designed to accommodate modern bus operations and was in poor condition, so it was demolished in 2009 to make way for the new, state-of-the-art structure.

New York City Transit worked with the local residents during the early phases of this project, which included holding a community design charrette to discuss the impact the new depot will have on the neighborhood.

About Silverite:

With more than 40 years of experience, Silverite has the resources to complete virtually any size or type of construction project with speed, efficiency and quality workmanship. Its multi-million dollar portfolio includes diverse projects such as public recreational facilities, schools and libraries, police and fire stations, private institutions, bridges and tunnels and critical environmental protection projects requiring advanced construction techniques. Silverite is in Engineering News-Record's Top 200 Environmental Firms for 2010, and is also in their Top 400 Construction Firms. For more information, visit

About STV

With more than 1,700 employees in 32 offices, STV is a leader in providing planning, architectural, engineering, environmental services and construction management services for transportation systems, infrastructure, buildings and other facilities. STV is ranked 36th in Engineering News-Record's Top 500 Design Firms survey. STV is 100 percent employee-owned. For more information, visit our website at or follow @STVGroup on Twitter.

For more information, contact:
Jill Bonamusa, (212) 614-3354
Nancy Benecki, (212) 505-4902