The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided an opportunity to vastly improve the way in which MHK served the citizens of Manhattan and Riley County. With the investment into the ATA program Anderson Knight was able to provide design services that effected areas including Kansas State University, Green Valley, St. George, Pottawatomie County, Fort Riley, and Junction City. Prior to construction of this facility, ATA parked their vehicles outside exposed to the elements. They could also only provide maintenance to a limited number of their fleet of new buses due to spatial requirements.
They dreamed of a better way, a more efficient way to serve those who depended on them. ATA desired to create an economical, durable, efficient, and minimal maintenance facility as well as a better work and training environment for both drivers and administrative staff.
Through the use of large overhangs for shading, interior windows providing visibility, while allowing for privacy, and entrance vestibule that allow for security of staff and drivers Anderson Knight designed a building to solve problems in a creative and economical fashion. The new ATA center has 5,200 s.f. of office space and 6,700 s.f. of indoor bus parking and maintenance. The office area includes a training room, dispatch, scheduling, drivers work room, administration offices, kitchen, and restrooms. The bus area contains a maintenance bay, parking bay, and wash bay. Additionally the restroom doubles as a FEMA rated storm shelter.