The Wilmington Transit Center (WTC), located at Front and Walnut Streets, is a $10 million-dollar project constructed as part of a public-private partnership (P3) between DelDOT, Delaware Transit Corporation, and Transit Center, LLC (Colonial Parking, EDiS Company, and Emory Hill Real Estate Services, Inc.) Designed by Tevebaugh Architects and engineered by Duffield Associates, the WTC is strategically located adjacent to Wilmington’s Joseph R. Biden Rail Station, which provides convenient access to Amtrak, SEPTA, Greyhound/Trailways, and cabs.
Working on this project as a P3 required teamwork and meticulous execution among the development team, who needed to work as one to complete the task at hand. In addition to multiple team members and stakeholders externally, EDiS was also coordinating our internal teams. While EDiS served as the construction manager, several of our internal divisions also participated in the WTC design and construction. This was a true team effort, both inside and out.
The WTC is more than just a transit hub – it is a piece of the welcome that visitors to Wilmington receive when coming in via train. As such, the P3 development team wanted to find ways to make the WTC a part of the community, versus just a means of servicing it. To that end, an art contest was held among Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) students to design a series of banners that would adorn the building façade along Walnut Street. DCAD student Nathanial Rambo’s design was chosen as the winner. There are 26 banners in total, all of which have their own unique design.
“Wilmington is grateful for the new, modern, convenient transit center that sits within the City’s multi-modal transportation hub. This facility is in line with what we are building in Wilmington-a city for the future but one that meets the needs of today.”
EDiS Building Systems (EBS) Solutions was called in to work with the design and construction team on a potential cost-saving solution for several areas of the WTC roof. After careful consideration of all factors, EBS provided a Butler VSRII mechanical seam roof system for the canopy roofing on Walnut Street and the roofing on the two towers, as well as a Butler BRII roofing system over the wash bay area. The EBS team was on-site to monitor the installation and provide resources and guidance as the roofing was completed. The solution saved the project both time and money!
EDiS BIM Services assisted the WTC team in a very non-conventional way. As the site had soil contamination issues due to previous uses, all soils dug out of the site needed to be properly accounted for, and the amounts of new soils coming in needed to be as exact as possible. These were not easy measurements to make. To assist, the EDiS BIM team set their drone to the sky to survey the site, bringing back data that was used to make a virtual model of the surface contours using AutoCAD Civil 3D and REVIT. This digital model was then used to run the soil cut and fill calculations, allowing the measurements to be tested virtually before being deployed in the field. Testing before deployment cut down the uncertainty, ensuring the work could be completed successfully.
The Wilmington Transit Center operates as the new transfer location for most DART bus routes in downtown Wilmington. It offers riders a smoke-free covered, seated waiting area, real-time bus displays, ticket sales, WiFi, USB charging stations, vending machines, and bike racks with a bike repair station.
“It’s always a pleasure working with the professionals at EDiS Company. At the Wilmington Transit Center (WTC) project we had the pleasure of working with the principals as partners as well as the team on the construction of this complex project."
Blake & Vaughan Engineering