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Roanoke County Fleet Service Center

Salem, Virginia

In 2007, Roanoke County saw a need to combine and expand their facilities used to house and service the more than 800 motor vehicles that comprise the Roanoke County and Western Virginia Water Authority fleets - and they wanted to ensure environmental sustainability in doing so. Spectrum Design's expertise in designing fleet maintenance and garage facilities thrust the firm to the front for consideration and their experience and familiarity with LEED building requirements pushed them over the top to be awarded the contract for the new building. Spectrum Design will provide full-service architecture and engineering services and will oversee the process for LEED certification with the U.S. Green Building Council. The new 29,000 sq. ft. Roanoke County Fleet Service Center will merge two existing County facilities into a common building to provide repair work and other fleet management services for automobiles, light trucks, garbage trucks, fire and rescue vehicles, and other heavy vehicles and equipment such as backhoes and tractors.

To improve energy efficiency, the building will feature high-efficiency windows and be highly insulated compared to standard vehicle maintenance facilities. Garage bays will utilize hydronic radiant floor heating for increased comfort and will feature skylights to reduce the need for electric lighting during the day, and gravity vents on the roof will induce natural ventilation. Heating costs for the facility and Roanoke County will be significantly reduced through the use of a high-efficiency boiler that will collect and recycle old motor oil for heat and hot water - the system will also benefit the outside environment by preventing the need to transport old oil to be combusted off site. All interior finishes will be low volatile organic compounds and garages will utilize an exhaust capturing system to reduce emission exposure by building occupants.

The project site will be heavily landscaped with drought tolerant trees and shrubs, improving the appearance of the site while helping to remove toxins from the air and water. Stormwater runoff will be extensively filtered and treated using bioretension to improve the quality of water leaving the project site. Construction for the new facility is scheduled to begin in 2008.