Anderson’s leadership was particularly vital as Adams 12 developed and built a new, $20-million transportation facility, which has a variety of features to reduce energy use, such as extra insulation, numerous skylights and heated shop floors.
Anderson’s leadership was particularly vital as Adams 12 developed and built a new, $20-million transportation facility, which the operation moved into in June 2010.
“Dave’s expertise and experience in pupil transportation and fleet services were invaluable as we worked through all the logistics of completing such a complex project,” says Robert Webber, chief operating officer for Adams 12.
The state-of-the-art building has a variety of features to reduce energy use, such as extra insulation, numerous skylights and heated shop floors.
“Everything is efficient and energy-conscious,” Anderson says.
The district partnered with the city of Thornton to create a joint fueling station, wash facility and CDL training course in conjunction with the transportation facility.
Adams 12’s old transportation facility was built in 1969, and the district had long-since outgrown it.
“We had 25 employees when it was built — now we have 200,” Anderson says. “The old place was a dump, and the district recognized that.”
He notes that Webber was instrumental in securing bond money and a piece of land that was big enough for the new building and left room for future growth.
“We worked five years to get it designed and built,” Anderson says. “At times, I wondered whether we would get it done, but it turned out spectacular.”
The facility has a 16-bay shop for maintaining Adams 12’s fleet of about 150 school buses and 150 other vehicles.
Years of going green
Anderson has long been a proponent of adopting alternative fuels and retrofitting older diesel buses to reduce emissions. Adams 12 currently runs some hybrid and propane buses, which the district has acquired with help from government agency grants.
While at Cherry Creek School District, Anderson was one of the first to sign up for and champion the Denver-based Regional Air Quality Council’s (RAQC) school bus retrofit program.
“Without early adopters like him, the RAQC could not have developed our retrofit efforts that have now successfully spread to public works fleets, construction fleets and over-the-road trucking fleets,” says Steven McCannon, mobile sources program manager for the RAQC.
McCannon adds that Anderson has also helped in expanding the retrofit project beyond the Denver metropolitan area, which “will allow underserved school districts across the state of Colorado access to devices to protect children’s health.”