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tion of Infrastructure Services. Designed by IBI Group(www.ibi- group.com)— a multi-disciplinary organi- zation offering urban land, facilities, transportation and systems services—.to meet LEED Silver standards, OC Transpo’s IBG also includes an administrative/dis- patch building, an outdoor bus storage area, a maintenance building, and indoor storage. “Next year, when an additional 60 spots are added to the north west of the site, this will bring the design capacity up to 231. Considering this capacity includes the hoist space and other maintenance spaces, OC Transpo plans to dispatch from the site an estimated 212 buses daily,” continues Hus- sar.


Stephane Carbonneau, Manager for OC


Transpo Transit Projects and Facility Main- tenance, credits the growth of Ottawa’s public transportation system as the reason for needing a new garage. It is a growth that is anticipated to continue, even with in- creased light rail.


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It took an army of trades people and construction management specialists nearly two years to get the new $66.5 million OC Transpo Articulated Bus Garage Facility (Industrial Bus Garage or IBG) built and operational.


EllisDon Program Manager, Jason Sheldrick, estimates that as many as 1,000 contractors played a significant role in the development of the 25-acre site, located at 745 - 755 Industrial Avenue.


“What (the managers) do day to day is a lot of work,” emphasizes Sheldrick “but we wouldn’t be where we are, and we would- n’t have this building, without our trades.” Explains Sheldrick, “We have the regu- lar guys that we deal with on a job to job basis, but on this one we’ve got specific trades that only take care of the hoist and guys that only do big industrial size bus washes, just stuff that you don’t normally see. For example, the fluid delivery system is very specific, where you’ve got to get a company in because it’s not a regular me- chanical system. It’s high pressure stuff that disperses all of the main fluids the buses need to be serviced every day, and pumps them out to the specific area.


“So there have been a lot of new trades that we don’t normally work with. They are highly specialized. It’s been interesting work and a great learning experience.” Planning for the garage began in 2002. An Environmental Assessment Study (EA) was completed in April 2008.


“Bids for this job closed on Sept. 16, 2008,” recalls Sheldrick. “EllisDon mobi- lized with our excavators and pile drivers and got a site office here mid December


2008. We really started wholeheartedly with construction in January 2009.” EllisDon (www.ellisdon.com) is one of


the largest building contractors in Canada with an international presence and an ex- haustive array of construction-related con- sulting experience.


“They (City of Ottawa) told us what they wanted and we made it happen,” ex- plains Sheldrick of EllisDon’s role in the project.


And what the City wanted was an en-


ergy efficient, environmentally aware, em- ployee friendly, state-of-the-art facility with the capacity to store and service OC Transpo’s extensive articulated bus fleet. “EllisDon is the city’s client, but be- cause there were changes it really feels much more like a partnership,” says Sheldrick as the project was coming to a


close. “We took trips to other facilities to see what they were doing, and the equip- ment they were using. We incorporated it if it suited this model and this building. We were there with our trades, asking, ‘Is this going to work? Is it cost effective? Can we do it in the timeline that we have?’ The job evolved into a design-build and the city has been excellent to work with.”


EllisDon handed over the completed building to OC Transpo in a ceremony on August 30, 2010.


“There was going to be another garage built immediately after this one, but it was decided that we could save money by in- creasing the capacity of the bus garage now, rather than building another one later,” says Paul Hussar, City of Ottawa Program Manager (Architecture), respon- sible for the design and construction sec-


Hussar concurs, “Even with light rail they will never go away from articulated buses. They are highly efficient for high volume, high speed bus routes. The bus fleet is constantly increasing. All the other garages are at capacity, so they are not as efficient as they should be. While this garage is designed for articulated buses, that doesn’t mean that double-deckers and the regular (40 foot) buses can’t actually come in here. They can. So if another garage gets closed down for maintenance or any other reason, you can certainly bring those buses in here.”


LEED Silver certification Making a conscious effort to consider environmental impact was paramount dur- ing the design and implementation of al- most every aspect of the IBG. Relying on the knowledge and guidance of IBI con- sultant engineers, the facility is on track to achieve LEED Silver certification upon completion.


“This is a LEED facility, so there is an extensive commissioning process that El- lisDon has to go through with our consult- ants,” says Hussar. “We are looking for


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