So the roof doesn’t collapse in a snowstorm, SaskEnergy is moving its Regina service centre into a new building.
Dave Burdeniuk, spokesperson for SaskEnergy, said that before last winter a structural engineer told the company that its service centre at 1601 Winnipeg Street has some serious roof issues — it wouldn’t be able to withstand a significant snowfall.
So the Crown Corporation began searching for a new building.
In the meantime, anytime there was a snowfall last winter, contractors had to be brought in to clear the snow off of the roof. No one would be allowed into the building until that was done.
“We had to change shifts sometimes, sometimes we had our technicians load up on extra equipment and just work out of their trucks for a few days without having to come back to the shop. But that wasn’t sustainable, we can’t keep doing that,” explained Burdeniuk.
The new building is just outside Regina, across Highway 1 from White City. Burdeniuk said it’s about five years old and was built for the pipeline industry, so the infrastructure is perfect for the service centre’s needs — things like service bays, interior cranes, and plenty of room for trucks.
The provincial government has signed off on the sale, and things just need to be finalized in the next couple of week.
The building cost $17,807,000, which Burdeniuk said is about half the amount SaskEnergy had put aside to build a new service centre ($30M).
“It won’t change how we serve Regina but it will allow us better service to areas outside Regina because of the improved highway access that we’ll have,” said Burdeniuk.
The move is expected to be finished by Nov. 1.
Affect on customers
Burdeniuk said there shouldn’t be any change to how customers get their services except for one instance — those who still use SaskEnergy’s natural gas vehicle station.
About three-dozen people still use the station for their dual natural gas/gasoline vehicles, according to Burdeniuk. But because SaskEnergy no longer uses the vehicles, the filling station is being shut down as of mid-October.
Saskatoon and Moose Jaw will still have filling stations for the time being.