Lifecycle Overhaul and Upgrade
In January 2014, the VRE Operations Board adopted a lifecycle maintenance strategy for VRE rolling stock. The basis of this strategy is to maintain VRE locomotives and passenger cars at the highest level of reliability throughout the life of the equipment. A new building at the Crossroads Maintenance and Storage Facility will be constructed to specifically perform this work and will be fully dedicated to these activities.
The Board authorized award of a contract for engineering, environmental and construction services for the Lifecycle Overhaul and Upgrade (LOU) Facility to STV Group Incorporated. The new LOU building will be almost twice as large as the existing Service and Inspection building. The new Track 0 will be added and Tracks 2 and 3 will be reconfigured, with Track 3 ending as a stub track providing additional storage. The two buildings will be separated by about 20 feet. The main roof will have 26 skylights and windows on the upper walls to allow more natural light into the building. Early procurements for two of the long-lead, heavy equipment pieces are underway.
The final design (100 percent design) plans for the building and site design were reviewed during a two-day session in the VRE offices in early January 2016. Details on the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, material finishes, fire and life safety equipment were all reviewed. Detailed comments on the specifications and cost estimate were also reviewed. Environmental coordination is underway with FTA. Permit applications have been submitted to Spotsylvania County and comments have been received on the site permit. Additional work will be added to the contract to design a gravel access road for construction and emergency access to the southern portion of the Crossroads Yard. Advertisement for construction is on hold pending adjacent property acquisition to replace the two tracks that will be taken out of storage for use in the LOU facility. The new drop table and wheel truing machine manufacturers have been selected although the award of the contracts is on hold also pending the property acquisition. Funding is being provided by FTA, State Mass Transit funds and VRE.