The scope of work included structural engineering solutions for the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) Central Maintenance Depots located at the Montgomery County Multi-Agency Service Park (MASP).
The two depots, designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating, are comprised of 15 buildings totaling 345,000 sf. Primary structures include the Main Building, 155,000 sf with associated loading dock structure; Fleet Maintenance Building, 46,000 sf; Horticulture Services Building, 11,900 sf; Covered Storage Main Building, 12,300 sf; Covered Parking areas, 88,000 sf; Bulk Material Storage Buildings 1 and 2, 22,000 sf; Bulk Materials Storage and Compost Bins Building, 7,300 sf; Paint Booth Building, 1,800 sf; and a two-level tie-in between the Main Building and existing parking structure.
The new depots equip maintenance staff with resources to be efficient and effective in providing service to students and staff at 204 schools and other support facilities. A tilt-wall panel with steel framing structural system is utilized for the Main Building and Fleet Maintenance Building.
Cardno’s structural engineers designed systems to accommodate several structural challenges including 2nd floor storage racks, 2nd floor loading dock with forklift traffic, and multiple overhead cranes in the Fleet Maintenance Building.
In addition, Cardno designed a loading dock slab to bridge the gap between a tilt-wall building panel and site retaining wall, eliminating the need for back fill and reducing structural materials and costs.
The 2017 ENR MidAtlantic Best Project Awards recognized the MASP with an Award of Merit in the Government/Public Building category.