AE Works Selected to Develop PA Turnpike Maintenance Complex

October 24th, 2017
Pittsburgh architecture firms

AE Works, has been awarded a contract for the master site plan and design of a new Pennsylvania Turnpike maintenance facility. The project includes development of 10 acres and all buildings and infrastructure to provide a fully functional and efficient highway and vehicle maintenance facility.

This new complex will house the personnel, apparatus and materials required to keep the road in a good state of repair and readiness to ensure traveler safety. It will house stockpiles of essential materials such as road salt and provide for the upkeep of vital maintenance vehicles and equipment deployed along PA Turnpike 576, commonly called the Southern Beltway.

“This facility will allow our maintenance forces to ensure customer safety and service by keeping the pavement clear of snow and ice in winter months and by eliminating debris and controlling vegetation throughout the year,” said Turnpike Director of Maintenance Dale Hall. “We will also be tasked with life-cycle improvements like sealing cracks, patching potholes and repainting lines as the roadway ages.”

In addition, Hall said the complex will house the State Farm Safety Patrol — a dedicated vehicle operated by Turnpike personnel who will patrol the roadway to provide first-response and other motorist aid.

When complete, the tolled highway will serve as a beltway around the southern Pittsburgh metro area, traveling from the Pittsburgh International Airport to the Monongahela River Valley. The new facility will be built within Section 55C1-1 of the highway, southeast of Exit 16 (Cecil Reissing Road to Route 50), which is located within both Allegheny and Washington counties.

AE Works is collaborating with the Turnpike and key stakeholders to develop a site plan and corresponding building designs that work with the site.

“We are working together to optimize the site layout and building design. Our shared goal is to provide a modern, highly efficient maintenance campus to support travel along this new highway and those working daily to keep our roads safe and in top condition,” AE Works Program Manager, Shane Goodman, LEED AP, shares.

That vision extends to the future with longevity a key consideration in the design. Supporting more efficient operations and the Turnpike’s values that include stewardship of the environment, AE Works is exploring geothermal heat pumps and other sustainable technologies to integrate into the project.

Upon completion, the complex will serve the existing six-mile stretch of the Southern Beltway called the Findlay Connector as well as the 13-mile stretch now in construction between U.S. Route 22 and I-79. Design of the new maintenance facility will be complete in 2018. Construction is slated for completion in 2020.

For more information about the Southern Beltway project, visit https://www.patpconstruction.com/southern_beltway/22to79/default.aspx.

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