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City’s New Civic Operations Centre Completed Early

For immediate release: December 13, 2016 - 1:00pm

Less than two years ago, ground was broken to make way for the new Civic Operations Centre (COC), the new home for Saskatoon Transit and the City’s first permanent Snow Management Facility. Today, City officials marked the end of construction two weeks ahead of schedule and on budget thanks to the expertise and collaboration of a project team comprised of City staff and private development partners.

Saskatoon Transit will move into its new 450,000 square foot facility, a model of innovation and efficiency, in mid-January 2017. The state-of-the-art facility is LEED certified, has 27 maintenance bays, quick service, a full body shop including a paint booth, indoor storage for 224 buses, and administrative offices. It was built with the future in mind and will accommodate the fleet expansion expected over the next 10 to 15 years. In the interim, the unused space will be used for general equipment storage.

The Snow Management Facility will also open in January 2017 and has the capacity to store up to 1 million cubic metres of snow on a 14 acre concrete pad. When the snow naturally melts, the melt water will run through an oil and grit separator and into a melt water/storm water pond. The melt water will then go through a series of specially designed baffle curtains before being discharged in a controlled fashion into the storm water system. The Snow Management Facility will be operated by the City’s Roadways and Operations Division.

To qualify for federal government support, and realize taxpayer savings over the life of the project, the City entered into its first Public-Private Partnership (P3) with Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) through a competitive procurement process.

The P3 approach is expected to deliver value for taxpayer dollars equivalent to $92.3 million over the lifecycle of the facilities – savings that could not have been achieved through a traditional Design-Bid-Build model. PPP Canada’s contribution to the $154 million project is $38.5 million.

With City oversight, ITS led the design, construction, and financing of the COC and will maintain the site and buildings over the next 25 years at which time the City will assume responsibility. At all times, the City will retain full ownership and continue to deliver services.


Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“This state of the art facility will serve as a model for cities and municipalities across the country. Our government understands that infrastructure is the foundation for building strong and sustainable communities of all sizes and the new Civic Operations Centre is a testament to our commitment to ensure cities have the support they need.”

His Worship, Mayor Charlie Clark, City of Saskatoon

“The Civic Operations Centre is a tremendous step forward for our Transit Operations and for snow and ice management in our city. Our Transit Operations outgrew the old bus barns long ago, and our staff have 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.”

Jeff Jorgenson, General Manager of Transportation & Utilities, City of Saskatoon

“From the RFQ stage to where we are today, I couldn’t be more impressed with the execution of the Civic Operations Centre project. It’s a compliment that other Canadian cities and municipalities will be looking at our City’s first P3 project as a model of innovation and collaboration that will result in taxpayer value several years down the road.”

Peter Bullen, Project Co Lead, Integrated Team Solutions

“Integrated Team Solutions is proud to have collaborated with EllisDon and the City of Saskatoon to achieve this major project milestone, ahead of time and on budget. With construction complete, we look forward to partnering with Engie to maintain and operate these state-of-the-art facilities for the City over the next 25 years.”

Michael Kazda, Vice President & Area Manager, EllisDon Construction Services Inc.

"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. 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.”


Civic Operations Centre At a Glance

  • Situated on 180 acres of land within City limits between the CN Railway tracks and Valley Road, just west of Circle Drive.
  • Designed like a campus with various buildings and facilities with the capacity to house more civic services.
  • An earth berm separates the CN railway line and the Montgomery Place neighbourhood.
  • The site has internal circulation roads and a signalized intersection on Valley Road.

Saskatoon Transit Facility

  • LEED Certified 450,000 square foot building.
  • Fully equipped with state-of-the-art maintenance shop including 27 bays utilizing a combination of built-in hoists and mobile hoists, inspection pits, a transmission shop, machine shop, electronics shop, and tire and battery shops. Also included is a body shop with a paint booth, 2 indoor bus washes with water recycling, fueling stations, bus shelter repair area, and an upholstery shop.
  • 250,000 square feet of indoor heated storage space for buses.
  • Administrative offices, meeting and training rooms, fare collection room, and dispatch area.

Snow Management Facility

  • Capacity to store up to 1 million cubic metres of snow.
  • Storm water and meltwater management pond with inlet sand/oil/grit separator.
  • Roller compacted concrete surface to facilitate site operation maintenance and cleaning.
  • Geotextile material is in place to protect the soil and groundwater from infiltration and contamination, demonstrating commitment to Environmental Leadership.
  • Automated Access Control System capability.
  • Policies are in place to manage noise created by equipment and tailgate slamming.

Public-Private Partner

  • Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) is a consortium comprised of EllisDon Capital Inc., Fengate Capital, EllisDon Corporation, and ENGIE.
  • Under contract with the City, ITS will maintain, repair and rehabilitate COC facilities for 25 years.
  • Penalty procedures are in place if ITS fails to meet the COC service delivery standards.
  • Over the 25-year period, the City retains full ownership of the facilities and will operate civic services as normal.


  • January 2013 - Federal (PPP Canada) funding approved
  • September 2013 - RFQ issued for proponents
  • March 2014 - RFP issued for proponents
  • December 2014 -  Contract executed with ITS
  • January 2015 - Construction began
  • December 13, 2016 – Construction complete
  • January 2017 - Saskatoon Transit moves in and Snow Management Facility becomes operational
  • 2041 - End of contract with ITS

Interesting Project Facts

  • 1,250 KM of electrical wire pulled
  • 9 KM of fiber optic communication cable installed by SL&P - the largest installation by SL&P to date
  • 122 KM of pipe for heated floor in the Transit Facility
  • 1,650 light fixtures
  • 144,000 concrete blocks in the Transit Facility
  • Heat Recovery Units were lifted on to the roof of the Transit Facility by helicopter
  • Over 582,000 man hours worked with 0 lost time injuries
  • 94.5% of construction waste was recycled
  • 31,200 cubic metres of concrete in the Snow Management Pad
  • 12,101 cubic metres of concrete in the Transit Facility
  • 135,000 cubic metres of dirt moved to level the site (cut/fill)
  • 30,000 cubic metres of topsoil utilized for the berm construction