Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Campus Expansion

Santa Monica, CA

City of Santa Monica


Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum


Morely Builders


LEED Certified

Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Site Development
Utility Infrastructure
Stormwater Management
Maintenance Facilities

KPFF provided structural and civil engineering services for Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus’ new state-of-the-art, environmentally significant maintenance facility. The project came in under budget and on time, and features the latest in sustainable transit maintenance technologies.

The new campus encompasses 66,000 square feet of workspace and offices along a 450-foot long structure. It includes 21 service bays, which can handle the maintenance and repair of up to 20 buses a day, and has three extended bays to service the new 60-foot articulated buses and two bays dedicated to maintaining Santa Monica Fire Department vehicles. The facility operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

In addition to the new building, larger bus yard and demolition of the old facility, the full expansion project included a natural gas fueling station and a recycled-water bus wash.

The total project, all phases, had a construction cost of $68 million and was completed in April 2010. It began as design-bid-build delivery, however transitioned to design-build early in the design phase.


Awards & Recognition

2010 Project of the Year award from the Southern California chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA)

2011 Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award

Photo Credit: Gary Krueger
Photo Credit: Gary Krueger
Photo Credit: Gary Krueger
Photo Credit:Lawrence Anderson
Photo Credit:Lawrence Anderson