Northstar Light Rail Snow Melt Design

Owner: Metro Transit/City of Ramsey
Location: Ramsey, MN
Architect: AECOM
Structural and Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
Program: Fully ADA compliant station platform with wheelchair
accessible ramps, covered enclosed waiting areas and
adjacent covered parking ramp.
Size: Inbound Platform-10,500 sq. ft.
Outbound Platform-10,500 sq. ft.
Construction Budget: $250,000

Metro Transit, in partnership with the City of Ramsey and Northstar Commuter Rail, commissioned Steen to study and design a snow melt system for the Northstar Light Rail. Nine miles of tubing and nearly 3,000 gallons of glycol solution is encased in identically poured concrete platforms to form the skeleton of this snow melt system. An automatic system will control temperature and flow in the system depending on weather and temperature conditions. The system was designed with an emphasis on energy efficiency, long term service, maintenance and durability. A 4 million btuh high efficiency gas boiler plant will supply hot water for the snow melt system.