A lack of parking spaces servicing the John W. Olver Transit Center propelled Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) to expand the parking lot. The John W. Olver Transit Center provides bus berths and passenger amenities, along with housing the FRTA and Franklin Regional Council of Government Headquarters, and connections to the proposed Knowledge Corridor railroad station.
McMahon was retained by FRTA to provide engineering services for the expansion of the parking lot. McMahon provided a conceptual layout which doubled the size of the existing parking lot. Design considerations included maximizing the amount of available parking, minimizing the size of the retaining wall, and meeting a tight schedule. McMahon provided recommendations for parking lot amenities including a smoking shelter, lighting, stairs to access abutting property, and a patio. Following the conceptual design, McMahon drafted preliminary design plans, which included lighting, new curb ramps, and a retaining wall. The smoking shelter, stairs to access abutting property, and patio were deleted by FRTA throughout the design process. We prepared construction plans, contract documents and a cost estimate, and supported FRTA throughout the bid process and with contractor submittals. Construction of the project was completed in the fall of 2016.