Menominee Regional Public Transit

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

When the Menominee Tribe’s Transportation Department decided to expand services far beyond the capabilities of its 9,000-square foot transit facility, they called on Somerville. In addition to collaborating on a new facility design, Somerville assisted tribal leaders in meeting regulatory requirements associated with securing grants from the Federal Transit Administration and other government entities. The result is a modern 32,000-square foot facility with an additional 30,000-square feet available for future expansion. The center features indoor bay space for 28 transit buses, a maintenance garage, a vehicle wash including automatic washing equipment and administrative office space. An additional canopy offers shelter for 14 school buses along with an 1800-square foot storage facility. To promote sustainability and lower maintenance costs, the building boasts a geothermal heating and cooling system, a solar thermal hot water heating and a photovoltaic solar electric system. The two-level building is also thoughtfully situated on a slope, with the upper floor intended for public access and bus pick-up and drop-off, while the lower level provides garage access for buses largely out of the public view.



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Facility Highlights

  • 32,000 SF with 30,000 SF available for future expansion
  • Four service bays with service pits and grade-level vehicle lift
  • Vehicle wash bay with automated wash equipment
  • 1,800 SF storage facility
  • Bus canopy for 14 school buses
  • Building automation system controls: Security, HVAC, and lighting
  • Sustainable aspects include: Daylight Harvesting, Recycled Materials, Upgraded Building Envelope, and Water Conserving Fixtures
  • Use of natural light wherever possible
  • Geo-thermal photovoltaic and solar thermal alternative energy systems