Shop Talk

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Construction of the new Flagstaff County Maintenance Shop was completed on schedule and staff officially started working in their new quarters on Monday, June 25, 2018. Renovations are currently being conducted on the old shop.

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Red Deer-based construction firm Scott Builders Inc. committed to using local contractors and suppliers on this project whenever possible. Here’s the final list of local and area businesses that were called upon for sub-contract work or supplies.

  • Pedersen Cabinet Works Ltd., Killamshopconstructweb copy
  • Sedgewick Lumber and Building Supply, Sedgewick
  • Sedgewick Co-op Home and Agro Centre, Sedgewick
  • Wild Rose Co-op cardlock and bulk fuel, Killam
  • 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
  • Bedevil, Killam
  • Battle River Plumbing and Heating Ltd., Camrose
  • A-1 Septic and Rentals, Camrose
  • Kinsella Transit Mix Ltd., Kinsella
  • Canwest Propane, Wainwright

Additionally, economic spinoff from the construction benefitted regional businesses, including restaurants, hotels and gas stations.


The old 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 was slated to be completed by the summer of 2018.

The old 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.

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Maintenance Shop Timeline

A brief overview of the significant events of the Maintenance Shop Project:

October 15, 2018 – Open House.

June 25, 2018 – Shop staff officially occupy their new quarters.

June 2018 – Cement is poured for the exterior concrete apron. Exterior painting is completed. An electrical inspection is slated for June 13.

May 2018 – Audiovisual equipment is installed in the training room. Furniture is delivered and in place. The change room lockers and appliances are installed. All plumbing and fixtures are completed in the office area. Shop, welding bay and wash floors are poured, sealed and cut. Wash bay equipment is installed. The truck exhaust booms are installed. Fire protection equipment is in place. HVAC system is activated. All overhead doors and the parts lift have been completed.

April 2018 – The office is painted. Office lighting, HVAC, millwork and washrooms are completed, along with the epoxy paint, lights and HVAC in the wash bay. The shop floor is prepped for the cement pour.

March 2018 – Cement is poured for the shop mezzanine. Two of three sets of front office stairs and the shop link floor are installed. HVAC is installed in the shop area. Flooring is completed in the upstairs office. Installation of air lines, water lines and electrical begins in the shop.

February 2018 – The roof structure is completed. Overhead doors and two overhead cranes are installed in the bay area of the shop. Framing and drywalling is completed on the second floor of the office area. The shop mezzanine is installed.

January 2018 – Wall panels for the bay area of the shop are erected. Underground plumbing and electrical work is completed on the main floor of the office/operational portion of the shop. The electrical transformer is installed. Cement is poured for the office's concrete main floor. On the second floor, the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) ducting and sprinkler piping is completed.

December 2017 – The office portion of the building is capped. Workers then focus on interior utilities and various finishes.

November 16, 2017 – The first wall panels are erected (for the office/operational portion of the shop, which will includes meeting rooms, a parts counter and washrooms).

September 2017 – Construction begins. The pad foundation is constructed, the screwpiles are driven into the ground and new utilities are run to the site.

August 2, 2017 – County Council unanimously approves Scott Builders Inc.'s proposed drawings with a contract cost of $7,124,080.54 for the Maintenance Shop Project, plus the additional costs of $97,000 for the upgrades and renovations to the existing shop building for a total contract cost of $7,221,080.54. Council also unanimously approves the Maintenance Shop Project's total estimated Class 'A' cost of $7,842,134.57 to include the following:

Scott Builder's Contract Cost $7,221,080.54
5% Contingency    $361,054.03
Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) Costs    $100,000.00
Geotechnical Investigation      $10,000.00
Site Topographic and Legal Survey        $5,000.00
3rd Party Quality Assurance Testing      $50,000.00
Project Management Consulting
Total Estimated Project Costs $7,842,134.57

May 24, 2017 – County Council awards the contract for design-build services to Red Deer-based construction firm Scott Builders Inc. Scott was one of five companies that submitted proposals for the project. Council also approves the planned expansion of the shop yard, along with the removal and replacement of the security fence around the yard. A Public Works crew prepared the yard site to provide additional space to accommodate the new shop. Meanwhile, Wetaskiwin-based Elligott Construction Ltd., is in the process of erecting the new security fence. Elligott was one of three companies to bid on that project.

March 30, 2017 – Flagstaff County puts out a call for potential sub-contractors. As instructed, local subs interested in possibly being part of the project contact the County to have their information included on a list, which is eventually forwarded to Scott Builders after the contract is awarded.

March 15, 2017 – An information display is set up at Flagstaff County's annual Public Open House, where residents are able to view sketches and ask questions about the Maintenance Shop Project.

November 24, 2016 – Flagstaff County issues a news release announcing plans to proceed with the Maintenance Shop Project.

Previous Updates

After plans for the Maintenance Shop Project were announced in November 2016, regular updates have been issued through this website.