GUHSD Unveils New $24 Million Transportation Service Center

The Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) recently unveiled their new $24 million Transportation Services Center – a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the necessary infrastructure to support the district’s planned transition to an all-electric bus fleet.

With 17 new electric buses recently rolled out to transport students to and from school and the many extracurricular activities that make the high school experience meaningful, GUHSD’s transition to an all-electric fleet is already underway.

GUHSD exists to enable each of our students to build the best future, and what we have done with our new Transportation Services Center is that we have reached for the future and brought it to our students and to our families right now,” said GUHSD Superintendent Mary. Beth Kastan.

This new facility sets a new bar for school transportation innovation and demonstrates the focus on energy efficiency that has made GUHSD a model for businesses and local governments,” she added. .

The new 32,383 square foot transportation services center includes state-of-the-art automotive maintenance and safety technology, as well as new offices for training, bus dispatch and administrative support. The facility also includes nine bus maintenance bays, a bus wash service, an extensive parts warehouse and new tools.

The Center was designed by HED; Balfour Beatty served as the construction manager.

HED is very honored to have been the designer and technical architect of this important environmentally friendly bus maintenance facility. ‘Advancing Your World’ is our promise that through the positive impact of design, we create responsive, innovative and sustainable design solutions for our clients, the community and the world,” said Jennette La Quire, Project Director HED and former student of the Grossmont Union School District. Personally, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to give back to my school district where I received my education and which shaped the person I am today. I know this facility will serve GUHSD students by transporting them safely and cleanly to school and events while serving as an example of how to be a steward of the planet by traveling in an electric powered bus solar,” she added.

GUHSD buses travel nearly 1,000,000 miles per year, requiring more than 182,000 gallons of diesel, costing nearly $495,000 per year. Known for its relentless focus on energy conservation, GUHSD worked with ENGIE North America (ENGIE), a subsidiary of ENGIE SA, to perform an in-depth analysis of fleet and transportation needs and developed a contract 28-year-old power purchase plan (PPA) that includes solar photovoltaic systems to reduce costs with on-site renewable energy, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to power the new electric fleet and intelligent control software for fleet optimization and monitoring.

The GUHSD transportation hub will serve as a model for school districts as we move towards electrification,” said Stefaan Sercu, General Manager of Energy Solutions at ENGIE. “At ENGIE, our mission is to accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral economy and every step moves the needle. This transition will only succeed if we can combine a reduction in energy consumption with a diversified and complementary mix of clean and renewable energies. energy technologies and solutions, like GUHSD,” he added.

At the event, ENGIE also unveiled a new educational collaboration with GUHSD, providing financial support for the district’s renowned student solar academy in the summer of 2023, including practical classroom solar kit sets, readings from database and data collection sheets. ENGIE will also offer a paid virtual internship to graduates of the 2022 academy.

SDG&E has also been a key partner in the project through its Power Your Drive for Fleets program, which helps fleet owners and operators connect with resources, fleet-tailored charging rates and financial incentives to design and install. the charging infrastructure needed to power electric fleets in a cost-effective way. .

Electrifying the transportation sector is critical to helping our state and region achieve our net zero goals and mitigate the impacts of climate change,” said Jeni Reynolds, director of SDG&E at Clean Transportation. “Through Power Your Drive for Fleets, SDG&E has built the infrastructure necessary to support Grossmont Union in its shift to electric buses and enable them to serve as a model for other school districts looking to reduce their fleet operating costs. while helping to reduce emissions and air pollution for the communities we serve.

At the event, SDG&E also announced its sponsorship of a $2,500 scholarship – for a GUHSD senior committed to a career in clean energy technology development – ​​to be awarded next spring.

GUHSD secured $6.8 million in grants for the transition to all-electric buses:

$4.2 million from San Diego Air Pollution Control District

$2.1M from California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program

$318,892 from the EnergIIZE utility vehicle project (Energy Infrastructure Incentives for Zero-Emission)

$200,000 from the California Energy Commission

SDG&E’s Power Your Fleet program will receive 80% compensation for charging infrastructure and a 50% discount on bus chargers

Students representing GUHSD’s Career Technology Education (CTE) streams in design, engineering, and transportation served as ambassadors and tour guides at the event.

Brooklyn Price, a 12th grade engineering and architecture CTE student at Santana High School, expressed her strong support for the district’s commitment to energy innovation. She cited the new center for inspiring her peers to pursue careers in renewable energy.

Currently, we have several programs in several schools to teach students about green energy and all renewable sources that will benefit us in the future by helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” a- she declared.

GUHSD is a national leader moving toward an all-electric bus fleet,” said GUHSD Transportation Manager CJ Rasure. “We will continue to explore new transportation technologies as we enter the next century, but always with the safety of our students and staff at the forefront,” he added.

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