Operations Centre Space Needs Assessment and Conceptual Site Layout

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Introduction

Township operations staff currently use the following facilities located across the Township:

  • Fergus East Works Garage
  • Pilkington Office and Works Garage
  • West Garafraxa Works Garage
  • Fergus Waterworks
  • Elora Works Garage
  • Parks Barn, Farmhouse, and Greenhouses.

The current operation facilities are located throughout the Township:


These facilities are:

  • currently at or above capacity
  • deteriorating and nearing the end of their service life
  • have sites that are too small to accommodate future growth or expansion

This has resulted in varying degrees of overcrowding, inefficiencies in operations, health and safety concerns, and non-conformance with industry best practices and regulatory requirements. These current issues are expected to be exacerbated in the future as the facilities become older and more staff, vehicles, and equipment are needed to deliver essential services for Centre Wellington’s growing population.


Opportunity for Improvement

The challenges noted above present an opportunity to improve the current and future delivery of Township services through identifying and implementing an operating solution that maximizes the function and efficiency of staff, facilities and equipment while accommodating for future growth.


Glimpse of Existing Operations Facilities

Centre Wellington Population Growth Forecast from Wellington County Official Plan:

  • The Township’s population is anticipated to increase from approximately 30,000 to over 52,000 by 2041
  • More staff, vehicles, and equipment will be needed to maintain the current levels of service


Strategic Direction

Centre Wellington Council's Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022 has provided a strategic direction and initiative to open a new operations facility. To further that initiative, a Space Needs Assessment and Concept Design Study has been carried-out to identify potential solutions for a future Operations Centre that would meet staff, vehicle, equipment, and material requirements to the 2041 timeframe. The Study included:

  • A Space Needs Assessment to identify space requirements to 2041
  • Development of eight options to address space needs
  • High level cost estimates for each of the eight options
  • Detailed evaluation and scoring of the options against a series of criteria including financial, operational and functional considerations with importance ratings
  • A conceptual site layout and implementation plan for the highest scoring option


Evaluation Summary


Study Findings

The evaluation showed that the four options for the phased construction approaches to build a new Operations Centre on a new site scored the best (Options 5, 6, 7, and 8), with Option 6: Build a New Multi Departmental Operations Centre on a New Site in Two Phases, scoring the highest. In the interim condition until all phases of the construction are completed, the existing works garages could be used for off-site storage of seasonal vehicles and equipment.

The study recommended that the Operations Centre should be located on a 20 acre centralized site close to the population centre in Fergus. It was also recommended that the Township should continue to use the existing satellite works garage facilities at the east and west ends of the Township in West Garafraxa and Elora to provide effective distribution of services.

The new Operations Centre would include space for staff, vehicles and equipment for the following departments:

  • Public Works
  • Water Services
  • Engineering
  • Source Water Protection
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Forestry
  • Information Technology
  • Archives and Records Storage

A conceptual site plan layout was developed for the highest scoring Option 6. The site plan was based on an assumed 20 acre site for the new Operations Centre to provide sufficient space to meet growing demands over the life span of the facility.

Conceptual Site Plan Layout for Option 6

Phase 1 areas are blocked out in white
Phase 2 and future phases are shown in grey with a dashed line


Proposed Implementation Plan for Next Steps:
The implementation of the Operations Centre facility will be a multi-year process that is anticipated to include the following steps:

  • Site selection
  • Site investigations, surveys and studies, site plan development and site plan approval process
  • Detailed design and tender of Phase 1 of the new Operations Centre
  • Construction of Phase 1 in three to five years
  • Design and construction of Phase 2 of the new Operations Centre in the 10 to 20 year timeframe


The recommended option, proposed implementation plan, and next steps are pending endorsement from Township Council. Updates will be posted to this webpage as the project progresses.

Introduction

Township operations staff currently use the following facilities located across the Township:

  • Fergus East Works Garage
  • Pilkington Office and Works Garage
  • West Garafraxa Works Garage
  • Fergus Waterworks
  • Elora Works Garage
  • Parks Barn, Farmhouse, and Greenhouses.

The current operation facilities are located throughout the Township:


These facilities are:

  • currently at or above capacity
  • deteriorating and nearing the end of their service life
  • have sites that are too small to accommodate future growth or expansion

This has resulted in varying degrees of overcrowding, inefficiencies in operations, health and safety concerns, and non-conformance with industry best practices and regulatory requirements. These current issues are expected to be exacerbated in the future as the facilities become older and more staff, vehicles, and equipment are needed to deliver essential services for Centre Wellington’s growing population.


Opportunity for Improvement

The challenges noted above present an opportunity to improve the current and future delivery of Township services through identifying and implementing an operating solution that maximizes the function and efficiency of staff, facilities and equipment while accommodating for future growth.


Glimpse of Existing Operations Facilities

Centre Wellington Population Growth Forecast from Wellington County Official Plan:

  • The Township’s population is anticipated to increase from approximately 30,000 to over 52,000 by 2041
  • More staff, vehicles, and equipment will be needed to maintain the current levels of service


Strategic Direction

Centre Wellington Council's Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022 has provided a strategic direction and initiative to open a new operations facility. To further that initiative, a Space Needs Assessment and Concept Design Study has been carried-out to identify potential solutions for a future Operations Centre that would meet staff, vehicle, equipment, and material requirements to the 2041 timeframe. The Study included:

  • A Space Needs Assessment to identify space requirements to 2041
  • Development of eight options to address space needs
  • High level cost estimates for each of the eight options
  • Detailed evaluation and scoring of the options against a series of criteria including financial, operational and functional considerations with importance ratings
  • A conceptual site layout and implementation plan for the highest scoring option


Evaluation Summary


Study Findings

The evaluation showed that the four options for the phased construction approaches to build a new Operations Centre on a new site scored the best (Options 5, 6, 7, and 8), with Option 6: Build a New Multi Departmental Operations Centre on a New Site in Two Phases, scoring the highest. In the interim condition until all phases of the construction are completed, the existing works garages could be used for off-site storage of seasonal vehicles and equipment.

The study recommended that the Operations Centre should be located on a 20 acre centralized site close to the population centre in Fergus. It was also recommended that the Township should continue to use the existing satellite works garage facilities at the east and west ends of the Township in West Garafraxa and Elora to provide effective distribution of services.

The new Operations Centre would include space for staff, vehicles and equipment for the following departments:

  • Public Works
  • Water Services
  • Engineering
  • Source Water Protection
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Forestry
  • Information Technology
  • Archives and Records Storage

A conceptual site plan layout was developed for the highest scoring Option 6. The site plan was based on an assumed 20 acre site for the new Operations Centre to provide sufficient space to meet growing demands over the life span of the facility.

Conceptual Site Plan Layout for Option 6

Phase 1 areas are blocked out in white
Phase 2 and future phases are shown in grey with a dashed line


Proposed Implementation Plan for Next Steps:
The implementation of the Operations Centre facility will be a multi-year process that is anticipated to include the following steps:

  • Site selection
  • Site investigations, surveys and studies, site plan development and site plan approval process
  • Detailed design and tender of Phase 1 of the new Operations Centre
  • Construction of Phase 1 in three to five years
  • Design and construction of Phase 2 of the new Operations Centre in the 10 to 20 year timeframe


The recommended option, proposed implementation plan, and next steps are pending endorsement from Township Council. Updates will be posted to this webpage as the project progresses.