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New $14 million transit center coming to Harrisonburg

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The Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation (HDPT) has entered into an agreement with Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. of Winchester to design and build a $14 million administration and maintenance facility. It will be located on a 13-acre site at the intersection of East Washington Street and Vine Street.  The city owns the property, which houses the Department of Public Transportation facilities, a central garage and water storage for the city.

The $14 million project, expected to get underway in the summer of 2012, includes the demolition, design, and construction of an administration and maintenance building, service bays, fueling station, wash bays, and storage area. Two abandoned open reservoirs on the site will be renovated for parking.

The project is being done under Virginia’s Public-Private Education and Infrastructure Act (PPEA), adopted by the Virginia General Assembly in 2002. “HDPT will be Shockey’s 11th project using the PPEA procurement method,” Jeff Boehm, the company’s vice president, said in a statement.  “The public-private partnership is a win for everyone because the design-build structure allows for a more collaborative process, often enhancing project deliverables and delivering the project on a faster schedule,” says Boehm.

Altogether, Harrisonburg received seven proposals for the job. The team led by Howard Shockey & Sons, includes RNL Design of McLean, Maintenance Design Group of Baltimore and Valley Engineering of Harrisonburg. Shockey, the general contractor, recently completed a similar project for Richmond-based GRTC Transit System. It was finished six weeks early and came in $1.8 million under budget.

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