Brunswick Layover Facility

Brunswick Layover Facility

Construction Update – January 2016

Construction of the Brunswick Layover Facility is well underway. Consigli Construction of Portland, Maine is the design-build contractor for the project. Construction is expected to continue through September 2016. Construction activities will typically take place between 7:00am and 7:00pm Monday – Friday. Construction crews will work on Saturdays as needed. 

The construction site has been cleared and a perimeter fence has been installed. A road has been constructed from Church Road, along the northern (Pleasant Street side) boundary of the property. This road is being used as the primary construction entrance for the site, and will eventually serve as a secondary access road for the facility. Once operational, the primary entrance will be via Lombard Street. Construction trailers for the project management team have been established at the east end of the property, just inside the Lombard Street entrance. Since this is an active construction site, access is limited to authorized personnel only. The foundation has been completed to include backfilling inside and out.  The erection of structural steel for the building began the second week in December, with the roof installation anticipated to begin in late January.  The building exterior walls are being constructed utilizing Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)  to provide high thermal efficiency as well as mitigate sound. The ICF wall assembly and filling with concrete began the first week in January and will continue for approximately 4 weeks.

The water main connection has been completed at Church Road and tested by the Brunswick-Topsham Water District.  The domestic and fire service lines have been installed to and within the building. The connection to the city sewer system was completed at Lombard Street extended to the building.  A connection to natural gas was completed at Church Road by Maine Natural Gas.

The construction of the stormwater drainage system has begun, installing catch basins and drain pipes along the north side of the access road. An existing stone box culvert beneath the railroad right-of-way was rehabilitated by sliplining, and will carry the outflow from the stormwater system. Construction of the wet pond on the east end of the site has begun, and is anticipated to be complete by the end of January.   

Questions or concerns about construction activities can be directed to Derek Albert, Project Manager for Consigli Construction, at 207-791-2536 or

A photo gallery of construction progress is being maintained on this site to provide regular updates on progress.


90 Day Outlook of Construction Activities

January 2016 – March 2016

·        Excavation equipment, including backhoes, loaders, dump trucks and compactors will continue with various site activities through winter and beyond. This work will include, but is not limited to the installation of utilities, mitigation of coal ash on the site, digging of the foundation and drainage system, roadway construction and backfilling of the foundation frost walls. Earth moving equipment and compactors can cause noticeable vibration, and will be used intermittently throughout the duration of the project.

·        ICF Wall construction will continue through the month of January, with steel exterior sheething to follow. 

·        The structural steel for the building should be fully assembled by late January. .

·        Roof installation will begin in mid January and is expected to be complete before the end of February.

·        Installation of interior below slab plumbing began the first week in January and will continue into the spring.


About the Brunswick Layover 

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) is constructing a train layover facility at the site of the Brunswick rail yard between Stanwood Street and Church Road in Brunswick to maximize the utility and efficiency of Downeaster service.  Consigli Construction Company is the design/build contractor for the facility. 

The facility, which was designed with significant input and participation from the public, will include a layover building to store and service Amtrak Downeaster passenger trains indoors. The layover building, which will be approximately 655 feet long, 70 feet wide and about 37 feet high, will accommodate the overnight storage of up to three diesel locomotive-powered passenger train sets used for the Downeaster service. It will be equipped with a ventilation system to handle locomotive exhaust and will be heated. Offices, locker rooms, wash rooms and storage facilities will be incorporated in an attachment on the north side of the building.  

A series of three tracks will connect the building to the railroad main line. The building and yard tracks will have a “double-ended” configuration to allow for trains to arrive or depart in either direction. The primary vehicular access to/from the facility will be via Lombard Street. 

Amtrak requires a facility to store, restock and perform daily inspections and routine servicing, such as cleaning and refueling of passenger rail equipment used for Amtrak Downeaster service. These activities are currently performed at a layover facility located in Portland.

The location of this facility at the eastern terminus of Amtrak Downeaster service (Brunswick Station) will reduce unnecessary wear and tear on Amtrak train sets. Train sets will power down inside the facility between runs reducing fuel consumption, emissions, vibration and noise otherwise produced by idling trains. The enclosed facility will provide a safer and more efficient environment for Amtrak and contractors to access and service equipment and will facilitate snow and ice melt off of equipment during the winter.

The Downeaster will start operating an additional daily round-trip between Brunswick and Boston once the Brunswick layover facility is completed late summer 2016.