About this project
We're currently replacing the aging works yard facility at 5780 Laurel St to ensure effective and efficient public works and infrastructure services.
The new Laurel St facility will include space for public works operations (road, water and drainage), central stores (warehousing for stock materials and parts), welding, paint and carpentry shops, a data centre, fleet storage and repairs, and offices (engineering and emergency operations centre).
The Canadian Turner Construction Company is leading this $76 million project, with estimated completion in late 2022.
Questions and answers
Our construction management plan was developed with local residents in mind and ensures disruptions are kept to a minimum.
Our construction management plan reduces traffic impacts through strategic actions, including controlling site entry and exit to avoid overloading one access route, providing some on-site parking for construction workers and restricting on-street parking for non-residents. We've also implemented some off-site (remote) parking for construction workers to carpool to the jobsite.
Construction follows the City's Noise and Sound Abatement Bylaw that limits construction activity to the hours of 7 am-8 pm, Monday to Friday, and 9 am-8 pm on Saturdays. The bylaw also restricts the level of noise from construction sites to 85 dBAs.
- Operations at the yard will take place primarily indoors.
- We've oriented the buildings away from the property's perimeter to reduce the impacts of vehicles or other machinery on the surrounding area.
- The main entrance is now closer to the Douglas and Laurel intersection, causing the daily traffic to affect fewer residents.
The Engineering Department reviewed and approved a sediment control plan before issuing a building permit. The plan ensures that we properly manage dust and other sediments throughout the construction phase. On-site wheel washes also keep sediments and other materials from spilling onto adjacent streets.
The site has a 24/7 staff presence, ensuring the works yard is never left unsupervised. During working hours a construction safety officer is present on-site to enforce safe working practices. In addition, we monitor site access and fence active work zones to prevent unauthorized entry.
We plan to landscape approximately 20% of the site to improve aesthetics and the environment and create a natural buffer for the neighbourhood.
We're taking the following steps to beautify the area:
- Planting trees along Laurel Street, in addition to building a separated sidewalk and boulevard.
- Removing the barbed wire fence along the lane off Godwin Ave and replacing it with landscaping, including trees.
- Future works will include re-paving the lanes north of Hardwick Ave and the west side of the works yard.
Some of the landscaping has already been installed along the lane north of Hardwick and the lane east of Douglas.
All paint shop-related work will take place indoors and will be ventilated and filtered as required to minimize odour.
Our research showed that a 4 storey building is the most effective way to optimize our operations at this location, and provide a landscaped buffer between the works yard and adjacent residential areas. The plan complies with the current zoning permissions for the site.
We've hosted several open houses since 2017 to seek input from our neighbours. Additionally, staff have been meeting residents on-site to provide information and discuss concerns. We continue to provide project updates on our website and encourage residents and business to reach out to us with your thoughts below or email [email protected].