Construction of Efficient, Cost-Effective and Sustainable Maintenance Facilities

The main goal of this research project is to produce guidance that provides the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) with options for constructing high performance maintenance facilities that will: increase operational functionality, reduce environmental impact, increase energy efficiency, and lower life cycle costs. To reach this goal, the following objectives are proposed: (1) Continuously update the literature review over the course of the project to provide support for the recommended guidance on producing efficient, cost-effective and sustainable maintenance facilities. (2) Conduct a modified Life Cycle Cost Analysis focusing on energy and materials for a base case (current maintenance facility slated for reconstruction) and for the recently constructed Sisters, OR maintenance facility. (3) Conduct a modified Life Cycle Assessment focusing on energy and materials for a base case (current maintenance facility slated for reconstruction) and the recently constructed Sisters, OR maintenance facility. (4) Develop a best practices guide incorporating results from Objectives 1-3 that will enable ODOT decision makers (e.g., design personnel, engineers, and facility managers) to specify the construction of new or reconstruction/remodeling of existing maintenance facilities that will lead to standards for improved efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability; focusing on energy and materials use across the facility life cycle.