Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre Opens Its Doors Early

Yesterday, the ribbon cutting ceremony for Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre (“COC”) took place, marking the completion of construction of Saksatoon Transit’s new home and the City’s first permanent Snow Management Facility. Integrated Team Solutions (“ITS”), a consortium led by EllisDon Capital Inc., Fengate Capital, EllisDon Corporation, and ENGIE, was awarded the contract by Saskatoon City Council in winter 2014, and has completed the project two weeks ahead of schedule and on budget.“EllisDon is pleased to have partnered with ITS and the City of Saskatoon to bring the design and construction of this project to a successful conclusion,” said Michael Kazda, VP & Area Manager, EllisDon. “Safely delivering a quality project, ahead of time and on budget, requires a tremendous team effort that everyone associated with the new Civic Operations Centre project should be proud of.”In order for taxpayers to realize savings that could not be achieved through a traditional design-bid-build model, the City of Saskatoon entered its first Public-Private Partnership (“P3”) contract with ITS through a competitive procurement process.

From left: Linda Andal (City of Saskatoon), Peter Bullen (EllisDon), Egidio Mosca (Fengate), Shaunak Pandit (Morrison Hershfield)

Saskatoon COC is LEED certified and designed to encompass a number of buildings and facilities. The 450,000 sq. ft. transit facility is a full-service shop, providing complete convenience during vehicle maintenance. Some of these features include a transmission shop, inspection pits, body shops, and fuelling stations. Additionally, the facility has an indoor capacity to house 224 busses so they will never be stored outside. “The Civic Operations Centre is a tremendous step forward for our Transit Operations and for snow and ice management in our city, “ said Mayor Charlie Clark, City of Saskatoon. “Our Transit Operations outgrew the old bus barns long ago, and our staff has been making do in cramped facilities for many years. This LEED certified facility, built ahead of schedule and on budget, has perfect timing as we prepare to modernize Transit in Saskatoon.” The Snow Management Facility, operated by the City’s Roadways and Operations Division includes a 14 acre pad that will be able to store up to 1 million cubic metres of snow. This also includes a storm water and meltwater management pond with inlet sand, oil, and grit separators to protect groundwater from contamination. Both facilities will be fully operational by January 2017.