Anderson Knight Architects

Riley County Administration


Riley County Public Works Department

As part of the phased relocation of the Riley County Public Works Department, the Road and Bridge Operations Facility and Fleet Services Shop Facility were the major components of the master planned campus.  AKA was tasked with master planning the consolidation of services on a 94-acre site northwest of Manhattan, KS.  Our desire was to create easy access to snow plows/salt trucks for snow emergencies, configure office spaces for accessibility and connectivity to shop facilities, as appropriate, and maximize energy efficiency.

As we dreamed up different approaches with our client it became evident how important it was that the facility had 24-hour access for weather related emergencies, additionally being able to situate the dispatch office with a view of entire shop yard, and 24-hour access became a an eye opening improvement, that helped streamline operations.  AKA brought a mechanical/electrical partner onto the team to help design customize energy-saving strategies, which included completing studies to guide lighting efficiency, including strategically placed skylights and energy-efficient light sources as well as electing to use a water source heat pump system, which harnesses 2/3 of its heating energy from the earth

Additional features developed included:

• Dispatch office overlooking shop yard • High-tech community meeting space • Full kitchen
• Fleet Services Shop Facility
• 8 work bays
• Welding/fabrication bay
• Component rebuild and tool room
• Automatic wash bay
• Parts storage room with mezzanine
• Purchasing office
• Ancillary spaces