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SunLine Opens Its First Administration Building

After operating out of trailers for the past 30 years, the SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, CA, finally has its own permanent facility: a state-of-the-art, 25,000-square-foot administration building that opened Jan. 28 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"The SunLine board and I are extremely pleased to have partnered with Doug Wall Construction [a local firm] for our new administration building," said Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Lauren Skiver. "SunLine focused on creating a 'green' building, supporting the agency's vision and focus on our environment. Also, by using local firms, we created local jobs. SunLine staff--who have been housed in temporary trailers for close to 30 years--now have a beautiful 'permanent' home."

The construction contract required that the building conform to Silver LEED requirements, but SunLine hopes it will achieve Gold LEED certification. Its green features include an energy management system with controlled lighting, rubber flooring in the Training Room/Wellness Center made from sneaker manufacturing company scraps, pervious concrete pavement in the parking area and low-maintenance desert landscaping maintained with recycled water. The next phase of the project will include solar panels on the roof of the parking area.

SunLine operated out of the city of Palm Springs' corporation yard from its formation in 1977 until 1985, when the agency moved into used trailers on its land in Thousand Palms. In 2006, with the trailers coming to the end of their useful life, the board approved the budget to begin environmental, engineering and architectural services and develop a master plan for an administrative building. Funding for the $16 million project came from FTA and California Proposition 1B. 


Cutting the ribbon at SunLine Transit Agency's new administration building are, from left, SunLine Board members Ty Peabody and Russell Betts, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Lauren Skiver, Board Chairperson Gregg Pettis, Indio Mayor Lupe Ramos-Watson and board member Dana Hobart.

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