If you’ve driven on Twp Rd 442 just west of 50th Street in Sedgewick lately, chances are you’ve noticed that the new Flagstaff County Maintenance Shop is starting to take shape!
Indeed, the much-anticipated construction project, led by Red Deer-based construction firm Scott Builders Inc., is well underway. Beginning in September, the building pad was constructed, the screw piles were driven into the ground and new utilities were run to the site.
On November 16, the first wall panels were erected for the office/operational portion of the shop, which will include meeting rooms, a parts room with counter and washrooms. The walls for this portion of the shop are now standing and workers have since turned their attention to the roof.
Once the office portion of the building is capped, workers will then be concentrating on interior rough-ins and various finishes. Wall panels for the remainder of the shop are in production and are expected to be erected early in the new year.
Throughout this process, Scott Builders has committed to using local contractors and suppliers whenever possible. Here’s a list of local and area businesses that have been, or will be, called upon for sub-contract work or supplies.
- Pedersen Cabinet Works Ltd., Killam
- Sedgewick Lumber and Building Supply, Sedgewick
- Sedgewick Co-op Home and Agro Centre, Sedgewick
- Forestburg Transit Mix Ltd., Forestburg
- Forster Hydrovac Service, Killam
- Battle River Ironworks Inc., Forestburg
- Battle River Landscaping, Galahad
- DK Home Improvements, Killam
- Flagstaff Waste, Sedgewick
- On-Line Locators Inc., Sedgewick
- Arrow Line Locators, Sedgewick
- Bedevil Ent. Ltd., Killam
- Battle River Plumbing and Heating Ltd., Camrose
- A-1 Septic and Rentals, Camrose
- Kinsella Transit Mix Ltd., Kinsella
Please note that more businesses may be added to this list as construction progresses.
Additionally, economic spinoff from the construction has already benefitted regional businesses, including restaurants, hotels and gas stations.
The current Maintenance Shop was built in 1975. Since then, it has served as the Sedgewick-based hub of a distributed network of County facilities used to store equipment and materials to support a wide variety of County operations. Aging infrastructure and moisture issues with inherent health and safety concerns combined with a lack of space to maintain and repair a growing fleet of equipment – factors initially identified in 2012 – necessitated that the new shop be built.
The bulk of the project’s estimated $7.8-million cost is funded by Provincial MSI Grant funding. The remainder is funded through Building Reserves. No debenture borrowing will occur.
Construction began in September of 2017 in order to capitalize on cost savings and favourable market conditions associated with Alberta’s economic downturn. The project is slated to be completed by the summer of 2018.
The current shop will house graders, the County bus, and a wide range of equipment and materials. This extra space for graders will alleviate our need to lease storage facilities. A section of the existing shop will be renovated to house the Agricultural Service Department’s equipment and supplies.