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an absolute unanimous rejection vote from the
Bellevue City Council the first time it came up. In
fact, it brought the council together in opposition,
which I didn't think was possible,' " explained Sound
Transit New Facilities Project Director Jon Mihkels.
" Later, she also spoke at the groundbreaking/ribbon
cutting for the facility, except this time she said that
the project had done 'a complete 180-degree turn
and the entire city council was in full support of it
now.' That never happens. So, you know this project
is different. "
He's right. But the difference might not be expected.
A $449 million design-build project, the LEED
Gold-certified OMF East will service and store up to
96 light-rail vehicles-approximately half of Sound
Transit's fleet-and help that fleet triple in size to 184
vehicles when light rail service extends to Northgate,
Bellevue, Mercer Island, Redmond, Lynnwood and
Federal Way by 2023. Complete with 14 light-rail
vehicle service bays, it will operate 24 hours a day,
365 days a year.
That alone is notable. But that's not what sets the
facility apart. As with all real estate, it was location, as
the optimal site for the OMF East complicated things.
" After examining 12 project sites, we chose three
and took them through the draft environmental impact
statement process. Then, we identified a preferred
alternative. And that's pretty much when all
hell broke loose, " explained project manager Fran
Wall, a vice president and civil engineer for design
firm Huitt-Zollars.
Huitt-Zollars served as the prime consultant in
preparing the design-build procurement package for
the Stantec-Hensel Phelps design-build team.
" Every known stakeholder in the area was against
the project. At issue was that we were going to take
about 25 acres out of an area that Bellevue had rezoned
for an approximately $4 billion mixed-use redevelopment
that included prospective participants
like Global Innovation Exchange, Facebook, retail,
restaurants, etc. So, from the city of Bellevue to developers
to the Children's Hospital to the Cascade
AN AERIAL
southern
view of the
Sound Transit
Operations and
Maintenance
Facility East in
Bellevue.
Photos by Sound Transit
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March_2022

Editor’s Notebook
People & Places
Riders are Coming Back but Where are the Drivers?
Turning a BRT Line into a Successful Network
Capital Programs Strike Steady Pace
How the Village of Bedford Park and Uber Connect People to Jobs
Sound Transit Driving Consensus Against All Odds
Products
Best Practices
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March_2022 - Capital Programs Strike Steady Pace
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