In support of Sound Transit’s expansion of its “Link” light rail system to communities North/East of Seattle, a new Operations and Maintenance Facility named ‘OMF East’ (OMFE) was designed and recently completed construction. VIA was the Lead Architect for the OMF and led the master planning and entitlement process to create a 7-acre transit orient development on the residual land associated with the OMFE. The new facility features two buildings and associated ancillary structures.
The OMF building accommodates commissioning, deployment, service, and storage operations for 96 light rail vehicles and features a 14-bay vehicle maintenance shop, a train wash facility, specialized maintenance and parts storage areas, administrative space for transit operations, and employee support spaces such as locker and kitchen areas.
The Maintenance of Way (MOW) building supports mainline track, systems, and station maintenance functions and features maintenance, storage, and support spaces specific to those functions. The facility accommodates 250 fulltime employees operating in three shifts, on a 24/7 schedule.
This project also included a master planning and entitlement process lead by VIA, for Sound Transit to create an exemplary 7-acre transit orient development on the residual land associated with the Sound Transit Operations & Maintenance Facility East (OMFE) base in Bellevue. Sound Transit partnered with the City of Bellevue to permit approximately 1.11 million square feet of TOD through a Master Development Plan. The site is located across the street from Bellevue’s Spring District, an emerging 36-acre master planned development that is home to Facebook offices, hundreds of apartments and the Global Innovation Exchange.
Acting as lead designer and master planner, VIA orchestrated a solution making use of the construction staging parcels – that established a vibrant blend of day and night uses that appropriately fit the marketplace and embraced the best urban design practices to establish a walkable and sustainable community. Located next to the new Spring District Light Rail Station, the VIA proposal enables a rich mixed-use community. Seven new buildings are proposed including 540,000 SF of office/workplace uses, 500 residential units (130 affordable) and 60,000 SF of retail.