A 1700 acre site near the Regina airport is transforming into a Global Transportation Hub. It began with the City of Regina’s decision to move the CPR multi-modal railway facility out of downtown. It has blossomed into a massive inland port operation.
Stantec was first involved with this project five years ago. Our initial role was planning. We then moved into infrastructure. In 2010, we were asked to serve as “Owner’s Engineer” – essentially the engineering and planning department for the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) Authority. Our role and the project itself are breaking new ground. In fact, we will be writing our own set of engineering standards.
While GTH is within Regina city limits, authority has transferred from the city to the GTH in 2013. Some of the unique features of this project are wide roadways that are made up of four lanes including shoulders, large storm water detention ponds and large parcels of land.
To date, 500 acres of land is rough graded and 4.5 km of roadway built. CP Rail’s intermodal facility is now operating on this site. Loblaw’s 1.1 million square foot warehouse, and Emterra, the city’s new recycling contractor, are both in service as well. Other companies have land for logistics, warehousing, export and distribution as well. When complete, GTH will be a major trade center, enabling both the city and province to compete with the world.