A roof not being able to handle significant snowfall accumulation is troublesome.
But that’s what a structural engineer found when examining SaskEnergy’s Regina service centre on Winnipeg Street.
“The engineering report came back and said that there were significant problems with the roof,” said Dave Burdeniuk, Director of Government and Media Relations for the provincial energy authority. “The roof was failing and had no ability to handle any snowfall accumulation, any significant snowfall accumulation.”
Burdeniuk said this current situation “fast-tracked” their decision to look for an existing facility, which they found just outside the city.
“It’s an industrial facility north of White City,” he said. “It is purpose built for construction and the pipeline industry. There have been other pipeline manufacturers that have been in it and it was roughly just over half the price of building new.”
The purchase of the facility, which is around $17.8 million, has to be reviewed by cabinet.
Burdeniuk said the facility offers them improved highway access and several other advantages.
“It is a large facility,” he acknowledged. “There’s 20 acres, so there’s plenty of room for trucks, for equipment, for pipe. It has lots of shop space, 12 service bays for vehicles and equipment.”
The move-in will be completed as of November 1st.