Some of the many sustainability features included in the new and nearly complete Gold Line Maintenance Campus in Monrovia were on display this morning at a media event hosted by the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.
The facility is part of the Gold Line Foothill Extension project, which will extend the Gold Line for 11.5 miles from eastern Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border. The project, funded by Measure R, is expected to open in the first half of 2016. The campus alone is quite impressive and has the ability to store 84 rail cars.
The new facility was designed and built to LEED Gold standards and includes solar panels and groundwater filtering system to clean stormwater runoff before it leaves the property (which, in turn, helps keep pollutants out of the ocean). The new campus is also designed to be energy and water efficient, which is important as California puts a greater emphasis on renewable energy and withstanding the current drought.
Our friends at the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority — the independent agency building the project — have made quite a bit of information available about the various sustainability aspects of the facility. The news release is posted below, along with some facts that you may find interesting. As construction work wraps up on the site soon, I’ll return and take some photos.