Civic Yards Update
Construction of the new Civic Yards was completed in 2009.
Civic Yards located at 7721 40 Avenue, is now home to five City departments including:
Planning for the future
The new site will accommodate approximately eight to 10 years of growth. Provisions to expand the buildings beyond this have also been incorporated into the plans.
A number of measures are also being taken to help the new Civic Yards site co-exist harmoniously with the Three Mile Bend multi-use park that borders it on the east and south:
- the landscape design will incorporate native plant and animal life and natural features that preserve the ecosystem;
- some new pathways along the south and east sides of the new Civic Yards property will connect with the Three Mile Bend trail system, contributing to park users’ experiences;
- the buildings have been designed to be aesthetically pleasing and respect the surrounding area.
The site plan, administration building elevation drawing, and public works/transit garage elevation drawings show an aerial view of the site and designs for the exterior of the main buildings. The detailed landscape design plan is being developed.
Reducing the impact on the environment
The City is committed to environmental management by following a conservation and reduction philosophy and sound environmental planning principles and protection strategies. The Civic Yards site and buildings are being developed using environmental practices, alternate energy sources and green building features that will include:
- landscape management that incorporates, reuses and recycles existing materials from the site
- low maintenance, water-efficient landscaping using materials native to the region
- storm water management through landscape design and filtering technologies
- waste and construction materials recycling
- effective natural light sources in buildings to reduce electrical needs
- solar power pilot initiative
- low watt LED light bulbs
- lighting operated by motion-sensors
- solar heated water
- low and/or dual flush toilets
- waterless urinals
- methods to recycle and reuse rain water and gray water for non-potable uses
- solar and thermal chimneys to help move air through the buildings
- high efficiency HVAC systems
- low emission paints
- flooring and surface finishes made from environmentally-friendly products
The City has applied to register three buildings in the Civic Yards Relocation project for certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Canada program. LEED® projects must incorporate sustainable design principles, construction methods and operating practices to achieve Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum ratings. To be sustainable, a development must meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their own needs.
The Civic Yards project is the first in Canada seeking multiple building certifications on one site. As such, it is serving as a model for future large scale LEED® certification projects across the country.
Information and feedback
Learn more about the history of this project and how it has moved forward through the Q&A Backgrounder that was distributed at the April 23, 2007 City Council session.
The City will continue to post updates, as required, about the Civic Yards Relocation project through the media, on this webpage and on two poster boards in Three Mile Bend park.
The City values your feedback. We encourage you to send questions or comments about the Civic Yards Relocation project to email@example.com.