The City of Lloydminster just had a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Operations Center on Tuesday, located on the corner of 62 Avenue and 52 Street.
The $40-million facility will bring several departments together under one roof, a move that building services general manager Peter McHugh says, will make communication between departments a lot easier.
He also said the old public works building was “at the end of its life,” so they needed a bigger place for them as well, as the planning and engineering department were outgrowing their home at city hall.
“Our new Operations Centre is a hub for operation services,” said Mayor Saunders, who was also in attendance. “It houses many of our operating entities: planning and engineering, GIS services, mapping, parks, shops, different mechanical services, planning and development. So there are many operational entities that are housed in this facility.”
McHugh said the new facility will also help the people at public works to operate more efficiently and respond quicker to the city’s needs. Something both he and Saunders agree, was an integral part of the decision to build in the first place.
And with the addition of warm storage, they can also keep snowplows, graters, and other city vehicles indoors, which will help extend their lifespan. Maintenance on the machines can also now be done onsite, all of which will cut on future spending.
“A lot of the vision and concept of this building is that it would be a home for the next 30 or 50 years, depending how quickly the city grows,” McHugh said.
Saunders said accounting for that growth was a big part of the reason regarding the building’s costs.
“We know from our growth strategy that the city of Lloydminster will double in size again as it has in the past 30 years,” he said. “So we need to be forward thinking in accommodating our operational facilities to develop and deliver great customer service, which is expected from us.”