FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 27, 2016
Kansas City’s streetcar continues to win national awards for its sustainable construction and operation methods. The streetcar’s maintenance facility is now certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Singleton Yard, which houses all four streetcars and has a staff of 25, is a 25,000-square-foot facility located in Columbus Park. It boasts energy-saving methods like sun-shading devices, LED light fixtures and daylight sensors that turn lights off when there is adequate light in the work spaces.
LEED certification considers several criteria, including use of construction materials, for its rankings. Forty-seven percent of The Singleton Yard is made of recycled materials and nearly 90 percent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill. The only level higher than Gold is Platinum.
The Singleton Yard is named after architect and long-time transit advocate E. Crichton “Kite” Singleton. The construction was managed by the the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Public Works Department, KC Streetcar Constructors and a joint venture of Stacey-Witbeck & Herzog Transit.
“Public Works makes it a priority to incorporate sustainable methods into our work and we are honored to be recognized for green techniques utilized in construction of The Singleton Yard,” said Sherri McIntyre, Public Works director.
The lead contractor was Whiting-Turner Construction, based in Kansas City, Missouri. The lead design firm was RNL Design.
Additional sustainable methods used at The Singleton Yard:
- Preferred parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles
- Green space and native plants which require less water
- White roof and light-colored paving to lower external and internal temperatures
- Skylight tubes over the maintenance bays and mezzanine
- Water efficient plumbing fixtures
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for buildings and communities that guides their design, construction, operations and maintenance toward sustainability. It is based on prerequisites and credits that a project meets to achieve a certification level: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The USGBC is a third-party verification system for sustainable structures.
For KC Streetcar inquiries, contact Donna Mandelbaum with the KC Streetcar Authority at 816.627.2526 (office), 816.877.3219 (cell) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For City of Kansas City inquiries, contact Beth Breitenstein at 816-513-2612 or by email at Beth.Breitenstein@kcmo.org.