This past summer, team members from Facility Design & Construction (Corporate & Customer Services) and Road Operations & Construction (Transportation & Public Works) toured the future home of the new Mackintosh Depot, a significant corporate improvement project that will meet the needs of municipal employees and residents alike.
After much consultation, many design iterations, and even a location change, the construction tender for the depot was awarded this past March.
Minor maintenance and storage of Road Operations & Construction fleet vehicles occur at the depot, which is also home to divisional and administrative teams, and to Procurement’s Stores Department that stocks supplies for various business units.
Constructed in the 1960s, the existing facility has three separate buildings that are no longer meeting employee and operational needs, including exiting issues and service bays that do not allow for minor vehicle maintenance and cleaning.
In contrast, the new centralized facility will boast 14 bays for vehicle storage; a large area for the Stores Department; a flexible, collaborative office concept; improved vehicle flow for increased safety; and adequate parking for fleet vehicles and staff. The building size was increased to allow for the growing municipal workforce, as TPW will begin to take on road transfers from the province.
In addition to these features, in alignment with HalifACT recommendations, the depot will be built to LEED silver standards, have efficient lighting and mechanical systems, a solar panel array and electric vehicle charging stations.
Once complete, teams from Road Operations & Construction, Procurement, and Parks & Recreation that currently exist across different municipal facilities will relocate to the new depot, allowing for operational efficiencies and minimal capital investment, resulting in improving service delivery to residents across the region.
Completion of the new Mackintosh Depot is scheduled for fall of 2022. Until then, we look forward to seeing more updates from the planning team, whose collaborative work is bringing this innovative facility to reality.