Capital Projects is responsible for planning, budgeting and managing major capital projects. These projects include roadways, underground services, parks, facilities, all new building construction and major renovations.
Current Capital Projects:
Downtown core infrastructure
- Transit storage and maintenance facility
- Recreation facility land development
- Recycling facility
- Oil grit separator
- Upgrade NE pressure zone control valves
- Water system looping
- Sewer rehabilitation
- Arterial landscaping
- Parks pathway replacement
- Nose Creek pony truss bridge landscaping
- Luxstone pedestrian tunnel
Downtown core infrastructure
May - August 2020
The water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer pipes need to be replaced as the current system is reaching the end of its life cycle. This project will prepare us for future growth and help ensure that our infrastructure does not fail at inopportune times.
Learn more here.
Transit storage and maintenance facility
April 18, 2019 - June 2020
Construction of an indoor storage facility for buses, three maintenance bays and Administration space for City of Airdrie staff and Airdrie Transit contractors.
Project awarded to Clark Builders.
Recreation facility land development
2018 - 2025
Delivering the new recreation facility is a multi-year, multi-team process. Land acquisition was completed in 2018. Land planning and land development is scheduled to occur from 2019 to 2023, with facility design and construction taking place from 2021 to 2025.
Land planning, which precedes development is underway. The Neighbourhood Structure Plan will be submitted to the City in early 2020. It will provide a detailed level of planning information such as land uses, all road and land locations, types of residential and commercial development, parks and pathways, utility infrastructure and storm water management facilities, etc.
Stripping and grading will begin once the NSP has been approved.
January – August 2020
As the Environmental Education Center has exceeded its useful life expectancy, this project will be demolish the straw bale building and replace it with a modular office building. The unit will be designed appropriately for the Waste & Recycling business unit, in terms of function and capacity.
Oil grit separator
The City has many drainage facilities that convey untreated stormwater into Nose Creek. These contaminants can have harmful effects on water bodies and aquatic organisms. To mitigate these issues, the City will undertake a 5-year program to provide quality treatment and physical rehabilitation of outfall locations. Treatment will be provided by installing oil/grit separators, which provide stormwater quality improvements.
Upgrade NE pressure zone control valves
The Northeast pressure zone is connected with the Main pressure zone via two pressure reducing stations allowing the system to back feed the Main pressure zone from the Northeast pressure zone. The valves have an internal and external coating; however, the external surface and the pilot system show signs of corrosion. The existing mechanical controls do not meet the pressure demands required between the Northeast and Main Pressure Zones, therefore, require upgrading. Continuous flow in the range of 20 – 30 L/s from Northeast to the Main pressure zone would provide the most efficient solution to maintain efficient water recirculation at the NE part of the city.
Water system looping
July – September 2020
Primary focus was to identify areas to connect water mains that have dead ends, back to the distribution network. This would decrease water turnover time and as a result positively impact water quality. Best practice for water distribution system design is for all parts of the system to be supplied from two directions; this is called looping. Dead end watermains require regular testing, monitoring, and flushing to ensure water quality is maintained. There are many locations throughout the City, particularly in the older areas, where dead end pipe exist and can be looped.
This project consists of installing portions of watermain in areas of the City where water looping does not exist.
These locations were determined based on a point scoring system to rate and prioritize each network improvement. The scoring was heavily weighted towards decreases in water turnover times in dead ends and significant increases to low fire flows; low fire flows are less than 100 litres/second.
Upgrade to distribution mains have a positive impact on the existing City infrastructure.
July – September 2020
Segments of pipe and manholes are routinely monitored. The program identifies areas throughout the City that existing sanitary infrastructure has either failed or is likely to fail in the near future, pipes that are at or near capacity for flow. These areas are then scheduled for repairs, rehabilitation or replacement.
The City collects levy moneys from developers to use for landscaping on medians/boulevards/entry areas of new communities.
Parks pathway replacement
The Parks department does a yearly assessment of asphalt pathways in the City. Pathways that are assessed as 'poor' are rebuilt.
Nose Creek pony truss bridge landscaping
August 2019 - September 2020
A new pathway to provide pedestrian connectivity between Edwards Way and Railway Avenue over the rebuilt pony truss bridge. The new pathway will also include seating, planting and interpretive signage about the area.
Project update - October 2019
In 2019, the City had planned to construct a new pedestrian tunnel under the CP rail tracks to link Luxstone to Nose Creek Park.
Detailed design for this work was finalized in January and the City was hoping to have the tunnel open by September. Unfortunately, the tender submissions the City received to complete this work came in over the anticipated budget. The City is working with our contractors to understand how the work was costed to possibly re-scope the work and execution method for this project.
The Capital Projects Office (CPO) is responsible for delivering the project. The CPO will provide information to Council Budget Committee and Council at the next quarterly Capital Budget update in November of 2019. This project is on hold until further notice.
Currently, pedestrians are using a modified drainage culvert under the CP rail tracks to get from Luxstone to Nose Creek. For lengthy periods during the year, this culvert is inaccessible because of high water and ice damming due to spring flooding and winter freezing. During times when the culvert is inaccessible, a significant number of pedestrians have been seen trespassing through CPR land to cross the tracks. This is very dangerous and is a concern for the City and CPR. It also demonstrates consistent ongoing user demand for a crossing at this location. Although the project is on hold, both the City and CPR are committed to finding a safe solution for pedestrian connectivity.
The existing Luxstone tunnel is closed due to seasonal conditions. The tunnel remains open during favourable conditions and closes depending on seasonal conditions such as: freezing temperatures, spring run-off and summer rainfall.