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July 2, 2014

WRTA hires Swedish firm to build new facility

Skanska USA Building, a division of Stockholm-based Skanska AB, has signed a contract with the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) to build a new maintenance and operations facility on Quinsigamond Avenue on Worcester.

The projected, valued at approximately $60 million, includes construction of administrative offices, a public meeting space, operations dispatching, bus storage, maintenance shops and additional parking, according to a statement from Skanska.

A groundbreaking was held last month and construction is expected to be complete in winter 2016. The new facility is on 11 acres of land in a manufacturing zone and will replace the WRTA’s obsolete 85-year-old facility located at 287 Grove Street, according to the transit provider.

The 150,000-square-foot facility will be located closer to the WRTA’s Transportation Hub, resulting in a quicker response time, WRTA said.

“We are taking the next strategic step in bringing more (efficiency) in transportation to the region with a more functional and comprehensive Maintenance and Operations Facility,” WRTA Administrator Stephen O’Neil said in a statement at the time of the groundbreaking.

Skanska was the project manager during construction of WRTA’s new transportation hub, next to Union Station. That facility was built by Consigli Construction of Milford and opened in May 2013.

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