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Peel Region and Federal Grants Enable New 8,500sf Facility at Albion Hills

Ribbon cutting at new TRCA Albion Hills workshop
Written by Dan O’Reilly

Photo (above) Credit: Dan O’Reilly  –  The ribbon cutters were (from left to right) Richmond Hill Mayor and TRCA board member David West; TRCA conservation parks and lands director Richard Ubbens; Uxbridge Township mayor and TRCA board of directors vice chair Dave Barton; Caledon Regional Councillor and TRCA board member Mario Russo; TRCA conservation parks supervisor Jay Clark; Peel School Board trustee for Caledon Stan Cameron; TRCA conservation parks senior manager Ian Boyd; and conservation authority chief executive officer John MacKenzie.

A ribbon cutting ceremony and a tour at the Albion Hills Conservation Area in early March commemorated the official opening of the park’s new 8,500-square-foot, two-storey workshop.

Designed built by Mississauga-based Verly Construction, the poured concrete foundation/steel structure is a comprehensive facility featuring a training/meeting room, a reception area, a maintenance service garage for the park’s equipment fleet, and a large utility storage area with three high-efficient propane furnaces.

Other features include a heat pump system to minimize the use and cost of the propane, sensor-activated LED lighting, a zoned HVAC system with variable speed drives, and a yet-to-beinstalled back-up generator.

There are also rough-ins for two electric charging stations and a number of public parking spots.

It replaces the original and outdated workshop which had in service for several decades. After that structure was demolished last March, construction of the new workshop on the same footprint got underway and then was completed this past December.

Approximate cost of the building was $3.8 million, which was funded by grants from Peel Region and the federal government’s Canada Community Revitalization Fund.

TRCA CEO John MacKenzie at the podium

Toronto Region Conservation Authority chief executive officer John MacKenzie was the master of ceremonies at the ribbon cutting ceremony. (Photo credit: Dan O’Reilly)

“It (the project) wouldn’t have been possible without that funding,” Toronto RegionConservation Authority chief executive officer John MacKenzie told the attendees, which included a mix of TRCA staff and board members.

He also acknowledged the efforts of the various TRCA employees who worked to make the project a reality, including securing the funding.

Sharing the speaker’s podium was Caledon Councillor and TRCA board member Mario Russo. As well thanking the project staffers for their efforts, he also touched on the value and importance of the conservation area.

“This place has it all,” he said.

Following the opening remarks, the ribbon was officially cut by Richmond Hill Mayor and TRCA board member David West; TRCA conservation parks and lands director Richard Ubbens; Uxbridge Township mayor and TRCA board of directors vice chair Dave Barton; Caledon Regional Councillor and TRCA board member Mario Russo; TRCA conservation parks supervisor Jay Clark; Peel School Board trustee for Caledon, Stan Cameron; TRCA conservation parks senior manager Ian Boyd; and MacKenzie.

After a tour of the building, a number of the invited guests also inspected the conservation area’s newly renovated chalet. Among the improvements are a new roof and siding, concrete walkways, a new deck and gazebo, and upgrade interior flooring.

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Dan O’Reilly

Dan O’Reilly is a freelance writer specializing in design and construction, the environment, and historical preservation. He is also a regular contributor to the Daily Commercial News and Ontario Home Builder, the official magazine of the Ontario Home Builders Association.

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