• Corporate HQ, NY
  • Melville, NY
  • Iselin, NJ
  • Ossining, NY
  • Mount Laurel, NJ

Corona Maintenance Facility


Prior to joining HAKS, Francisco Ruela, AIA, LEED AP was the technical project architectural coordinator providing architectural services and sustainable design leadership for the new $165 million design-build Corona Maintenance Shop and Car Washer Facility for MTA New York City Transit. The 132,000-square-foot facility included administrative offices, support shops, storage areas and employee facilities. The concept utilized a fully integrated, whole building approach that meets the goal of an environmentally responsible 21st century state-of-the-art rail transit maintenance facility. The northwest facade was designed to emphasize the entrance and distinguish it from other points of access—important for the first-time visitor as well as those requiring ADA accessibility. Also, the facade was composed of three different masonry colors to minimize the longitudinal effect. The aggressive schedule delivered the design in only nine months. 

The facility was one of the first NYCT projects to achieve LEED certification. Sustainable features include:

  • Photovoltaic (PV) Array System to provide 10% of the facility’s power needs and optimize solar harvesting 
  • Rainwater harvesting system to reduce potable water usage. Harvested rainwater is used to wash subway cars and to flush toilets/urinals. 
  • Fuel cell that uses natural gas to generate on-site electrical power
  • Heat/smoke vents with integral insulated glazing to introduce light deep into the main shop area
  • Linear translucent panel skylight that extends the entire length of the building to enhance day-lighting and ventilation 
  • White-colored EDPM roofing that reduces heat build-up and earns LEED certification points.