Central Operations Centre and Works Yard
Surrey, British Columbia
2012 - 2015
In association with Taylor Kurtz Architecture + Design
Located in a suburban residential neighborhood, Surrey's new 156,000 square foot central operations centre is a phased project that completely rebuilds the existing works yard campus with no interruption to its operations. Three separate structures, containing offices, amenities, change facilities, workshops, maintenance bays and a warehouse, are laid out to maximize the efficiency and safety of fleet movements through the yard. The project's form and material palette communicate openness, warmth and clarity. Fully glazed bifold bay doors maximize natural light in workshops and provide an exterior canopy when open, extending the interior work spaces during warm months. Staff and public entry points and break zones are marked by indented porches lined with tongue and groove western red cedar planks; this finish continues into the lobby where an open skylit stair drives light into the center of the floor plates, acting as a hub for social interaction overlooked by cafe-style break rooms.