Agency: 
American Public Works Association (APWA)
Client: 
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
Project: 
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Mobility Training Center

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) Mobility Training Center (MTC) was named the 2018 Project of the Year in the Structures $5 Million to $25 Million category by the American Public Works Association (APWA). Louis Berger and our subsidiary BergerABAM provided site civil and structural design services for the 14,700-square-foot state-of-the-art training facility with a total project cost of $6.7 million.

The transit mobility center, built as an addition to the RTC Sunset Maintenance facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, aims to increase mobility among southern Nevadans, especially senior residents and persons with disabilities. The only one of its kind in the western U.S., the facility provides real-life scenarios designed to teach essential transit skills to residents, and improve their ability to independently access and navigate the RTC’s fixed route transit service. The one-story structure consists of offices, classrooms, conference areas, two buses, a sidewalk, a simulated apartment area, a residence and faux streetscapes that simulate bus loading conditions on public streets.

Housed within the facility are the RTC’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit eligibility program for the cognitively and physically challenged, and Angela’s House, a service resource for the visually impaired. With these resources, the MTC is able to provide mobility training, paratransit assessment and certification, and blindness skills training, like daily living, mobility, personal care, communication, technology and braille.

The American Public Works Association’s awards program annually recognizes outstanding individuals, groups, or chapters representing the best in the public works professions. The APWA established the Project of the Year award to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, consultant/architect/engineer and the contractor.