Whistler Transit Centre
Built to LEED standards, the 25,000 sq.ft. facility includes a maintenance and administration building with six maintenance bays, a bus wash/dry bay, hydrogen and diesel fueling stations and covered parking for 50 buses.
The Whistler Transit Centre houses the world's largest hydrogen fuel cell fueling station in the world, with the capacity to fuel the largest hydrogen fuel cell fleet operating in one location. Built and maintained by Air Liquide, the station keeps the 20-bus fleet in daily operation in the Whistler community.
Designed and built by Omicron, the facility was completed six weeks ahead of schedule.
A vacant site, north of Whistler Village, was selected as the optimum location for a new transit maintenance facility, and construction commenced early in 2009.
The site selection process for the Whistler Transit Centre included the following criteria:
- Large enough to support the long term growth of the community
- Industrial zoning
- Centrally located
- Configured to support new 40' buses
- Capacity for 50 buses
- Environmental impact
The new facility was completed $2 million under the $25.2 million budget. The hydrogen fueling station was funded separately as part of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstration Project.