Charlottesville Area Transit Operations Center

City of Charlottesville

A Green Depot

The CAT Operations Center includes offices, maintenance, fueling, washing, and parking facilities for Charlottesville’s growing transit fleet.

The LEED Gold-certified facility features rainwater harvesting, graywater re-use, and stormwater infiltration strategies that emphasize the critical need for water conservation.

The facility also utilizes a first-in-Virginia standing column well ground-source heat pump design that has helped the city reduce the facility’s energy use significantly compared to the smaller but more inefficient building the division previously occupied.


Architect of Record  VMDO Architects | Steve Davis, Lead Designer


1545 Avon Street Extended


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Project Facts

27,000 GSF


Completed June 2010

Certified LEED Gold

Energy Use: 234 kBTU/GSF/yr, $1.51/GSF/yr

Awards and Recognition

Merit Award, James River Green Building Council (now Greater Virginia GBC)

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems. The CAT Operations Center project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”
— Rick Fedrizzi President CEO & Founding Chair US Green Building Council (USGBC)