Shield was contracted by a major Class I Railroad Company to design an equipment wash bay structure. This new facility was designed in compliance with the Commonwealth of Virginia General VPDES Permit of Storm Water Associated with Industrial Activity (9VAC25-151). This requires all wash operations to be indoors and that all wash water drains into proper collection systems before being treated and disposed in accordance with State and Federal requirements.

Shield's work encompassed civil site design and layout planning, geotechnical investigations, structural foundation design, bid solicitation assistance, and construction management. Once construction began, our team conducted materials testing and inspections to ensure that every step of the project was safely up to code.


  • 3,200 sf pre-engineered metal structure complete with three walls and one open-end bay.
  • Reinforced concrete mat slab foundation with custom in-ground grit / wash water chamber.
  • A single bay dedicated for both rail-mounted and rubber-tire equipment washing.
  • Rail equipment maintenance sump.
  • Translucent roof panels, ceiling/wall-mounted lighting and ventilation.
  • New approach rail spur and track bed alignment.

Our innovative approach to design and engineering overcame previous challenges that hindered the project for months. Unforeseen environmental conditions were encountered during excavation with approximately 500 cubic yards of petroleum-impacted soils excavated and managed during development. Modifying the original soil disposal plan saved our client over $5,000 in additional fees.

The final product was a new facility incorporating the specific needs of a rail yard that also complied with the requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The owner also benefited from proactive construction management services, resulting in a total savings of nearly $23,000 on a $350,000 project.


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