Operations Centre turns one

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February 12, 2015 9:05 AM

Top, Old department of public works building 9.5 acre site 16,000 sq. ft. shop Temporary offices in basements and trailers Outdoor storage 2 mechanics bays. Bottom, Operations Centre 26 acre site 25,000 sq. ft. shop 48,000 sq. ft. office building Warm indoor storage 6 mechanics bays

The one-year anniversary of offices being opened at the City of Lloydminster Operations Centre was marked on Feb. 6.

The Operations Centre is the new home for the department of public works, which includes water, sewage, road and parks maintenance, fleet services and administrative support. Some planning and engineering offices also relocated from city hall to the new building.

Alan Cayford is the director of public works. He says the new building is a big improvement over the old public works shop.

“It would be like going from a two-man tent to a 45-foot motor home,” he said. “The old building ... was too small, we had trailers outside with office space in it, we had limited storage. It was designed when equipment was smaller, so the overhead doors were too small for some of the equipment. It just was a building that was no longer functional.”

The old building was constructed in 1966. The new site is over 16 acres larger, the shop is 9,000 sq. ft. bigger than the old location. The new location also has indoor storage that the old space lacked and a 48,000 sq. ft. office building replaces temporary trailers and basements.

“It crates functional office space for our management and administrative teams, it’s creating workspace for our fleet technicians, we’ve got space for them to work on equipment, they can have multiple pieces in at one time whereas in the old place ... you had to take it outside,” Cayford said. “Plus we have additional buildings here so most of our equipment can be parked inside where it’s warm at night and the snow melts off it. We don’t have trouble starting equipment. It’s a substantial improvement.”

Cayford says the new facility is spacious, comfortable and designed with the needs of the public works department in mind. He also says there is room for expansion and growth in the department.

“The building was designed really well for guys who work in the field,” he said. “In the public works part of the building there’s no carpet on the floor so guys can come and go in their boots without having to worry about soiling carpets.”

There are currently no plans to commemorate the opening of the Operations Centre. Cayford says this may be due to the fact that different departments moved in at different times and the public grand opening was held in November.

“These people are proud to work for the city and they’re proud to work in this building and we’re certainly very happy to be here,” he said. “It’s been a really good move for us.”

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