McCarty St. Motorpool Automotive Repair Facility Receives Environmental 5-Star Recognition
State Surplus, Building & Grounds Operations also Housed at Site
In November of 2004, the Department of Administration opened a new facility, located at 601 W. McCarty Street in Indianapolis at a former brownfield site. This new facility consolidated three separate operations: Motorpool, State & Federal Surplus and Facilities Management Grounds Crews.
- The State of Indiana Motorpool was previously located at the old Central State Hospital property, which was sold. The Motorpool is responsible for over 550 of the State of Indiana’s fleet vehicles, including:
- vehicle reservations for state employees who must travel as a part of their jobs;
- vehicle maintenance and cleaning;
- auto-body repair; and
- vehicle re-fueling functions. The state also partners with the City of Indianapolis by refueling state-owned Ethanol-85 alternative fueled vehicles at the City of Indianapolis’ E-85 refueling tank, which is located just south of this new facility at 1736 S. West Street.
- The State and Federal Surplus Warehouse was previously located on Tibbs Avenue on Indianapolis' south-west side. State Surplus handles the re-distribution of state-owned property to other state and local government agencies or to the public via periodic public sales. It also manages a similar Federal Surplus Program.
- IDOA’s Grounds-keeping Department, previously housed in various spaces within the Indiana Government Center, maintains the Capitol building and Indiana Government Center landscaping and grounds, as well as provides these services for the Governor’s Residence.
The new facility is located on state-owned property which formerly was a brownfield that had been created by an old industrial operation. As in other successful projects, several entities worked together on our new facility:
- The state purchased the land and paid for its clean-up and remediation;
- Kite Realty Group owns and built this building to meet the state's needs and requirements. Kite is leasing this building to the state, under a lease-to-own provision;
- The City of Indianapolis paved Wyoming Street.
During demolition and the new construction:
- 75-80% of concrete and asphalt was recycled. It was crushed into aggregate used for building a solid base to build the building and parking lot on;
- All structural timbers from the old building were sent to a flooring manufacturer to make hardwood floors;
- Roughly 95% of all steel on the project was recycled;
- Additionally, this new facility has high efficiency HVAC units with a programmable energy management system and also has energy efficient lighting.
Some environmental features specific to the new Motorpool include:
- Reducing, recovering, reusing or recycling of a wide variety of automotive fluids and repair items;
- Recycling of a wide variety of materials generated in office and break room areas;
- A precision system of paint color-mixing to reduce waste;
- A state-of-the art automotive painting booth; and
- A number of other requirements necessary to become an Indiana 5-Star Environmental Recognized Vehicle Maintenance Shop
The new facility is a good value for Indiana ’s taxpayers because:
- There are operational cost savings at the new facility when you look at how much the state was paying annually to maintain the Central State grounds and how much was being paid towards the prior State and Federal Surplus facility lease.
- The State also gaining much needed storage space for the Indiana Government Center campus and the Indiana State Museum.
- IDOA created space for the Indiana Government Center Facilities Management Grounds Crew. Previously, the Grounds Crew has never had a place to store their equipment or call home.
- The state is achieving all of this for less than what it was costing the state to maintain the State Surplus lease and to maintain the Central State grounds.
- This project allowed the State to clean up a brownfield and tear down an unsightly and unsafe building in our community.
This facility’s features continue to demonstrate the State of Indiana’s leadership by example as a part of Indiana's Greening the Government initiative and our commitment to improve the environmental performance of State of Indiana operations, improve efficiency and save money.
The Indiana Department of Administration is an umbrella agency that provides services to other departments and agencies to help assure the smooth functioning of state government. The department also manages and maintains state-owned buildings, facilities, and equipment.
Before photos (top row) and after photo (second row):
Photos below are of the 5-Star Environmental Recognized Automotive Repair Facility.
Photos below show the body shop's paint-mixing room and precision mixing paint storage area.