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Civil | BIRD KIEWIT JOINT VENTURE - EAST RAIL MAINTENANCE FACILITY

'The main building will hold bays large
enough [for] full-length GO trains.'
"The main building will hold maintenance bays that are large enough to accommodate full-length GO trains," Rolfe says.
"The project includes a three-story facility
along with ancillary buildings as well as
track and yard space for storage and other
activities such as fueling."
A number of community, economic and
green benefits will also be realized as a
result of ERMF's development. At construction's peak, about 1,000 workers will
be on-site, and most will come from the
GTHA. It will also create permanent jobs
in the area. Lastly, its design and construction elements will allow Metrolinx to
pursue LEED Gold certification, as sustainability targets have been incorporated into
the project.
"For example, rainwater collection from

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the main building and canopy roof will
be reused to wash the trains," Rolfe says.
"Extensive use of glass will let in plenty of
natural light."

Ongoing Process
Construction on the ERMF facility began
in the spring of 2015. It is scheduled to be
complete by December 2017.
"It is located on a 76-acre site, with a
500,000-square-foot combined building
footprint and about 16 kilometers of track,"
says Scott Reitsma, project director with
Bird Construction. "At this stage, we are approaching one year of onsite construction
and are about 40 per cent complete."
As the project moves into construction of
the rail yard, the team must closely monitor
the work that will be taking place near the

existing rail lines. The size of the future
facility and the aggressive construction
schedule are also challenging since it is a fast
track design/build project and construction
is proceeding before the design is finalized.
Coordination with development work
taking place around the project is another
important undertaking.
"An existing road and bridge run through
the site and we need to work around them,"
Reitsma says. "Additionally, the equipment
in the building is highly specialized and
we need to coordinate all of this from a
mechanical, electrical and structural installation perspective."
Fortunately, most of the staff developing this project are located on the
work site in Whitby. There is an onsite
office for personnel with the Bird Kiewit


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