Designed with an eye to the future
Improving cooperation and coordination between services
The greenfield site consists of a Transit Operations Facility (TOF) with storage capacity for 250 buses, 29 maintenance bays, equipment and parts storage, administration offices and future expansion capabilities. The site also includes a new snow management facility, a railway berm and parking for both staff and visitors. It is designed to allow for future compressed natural gas capabilities and future expansion without affecting ongoing operations.
The TOF’s exterior responds to the City of Saskatoon’s principles of quality, durability, security, maintainability and accessibility, while considering contextual balance between Saskatoon’s rural and urban environments. Cladding colours emphasize Saskatoon’s horizontal prairie grasses, along with a bottom-to-top gradient of colours that reflect prairie-to-sky. Like wind blowing through grass, a vertical application of L-shapes along the bus storage façades casts dancing shadows on sunny days. The main entrance and administration block façades are of a human scale to emphasize natural light, exterior views and accessibility. The project was completed two weeks ahead of schedule and on budget.
The City has proposed a Phase II for the project which will include a city yard, vehicle and equipment services facility, radio shop, impound yard, fire department training facilities, and Saskatoon light and power training facilities. The objective of this phase is to promote cooperation and coordination between services, facilitate the sharing of resources, and improve operational efficiency.
“The Civic Operations Centre is a tremendous step forward for our Transit Operations and for snow and ice management in our city.