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January 2017
Ribbon Cutting at Saskatoon Civic Operations Center 
As part of the City of Saskatoon's green initiative, the City and Saskatoon Transit wished to expand their services to increase transit ridership by providing more buses and making public transportation more attractive to residents. In order to meet this goal, the City needed space to expand their current operations space. 

MDG, as part of a comprehensive P3 Design Team, led by EllisDon, participated in the design of Phase I of the new Civic Operations Center (COC). The new COC includes a new Transit Facility as well as a Snow Management Facility. 

The centralized 450,000 square foot facility includes indoor bus storage for 224 buses, two Quick Service fueling and wash lanes, 29 maintenance bays, equipment and parts storage, as well as administrative offices. The facility design focused on sustainability, achieving LEED certification.  
The December 13 ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the completion of construction on the new COC. Completed two weeks ahead of schedule and on budget, the facility will be fully operations in early 2017. 
Read more about this exciting project here!

Saskatoon Civic Operations Center 
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Some of our current project locations include:

City of Regina Waste Management Centre
Regina, Saskatchewan

St. Louis County Joint Public Works Facility 
Cook, Minnesota

Andrews Federal Center Bus Garage
District Heights, Maryland

City of San Bruno Corporate Yard
San Bruno, California

Olympia Public Works Feasibility Study
Olympia, Washington

MDG's Charrette Process Helps Achieve Success with Truly Responsive Design
When beginning the programming of a facility project, MDG knows it's essential to work closely not only with the facility owner, but also with the primary users who will work in the facility on a regular basis. As these users will often "live" in a facility for 20 years or longer, having active client and user participation in the actual design is essential. Through the On-site Charrette Session, the facility staff and users "buy-in" to the design process, as part of the production is actually theirs. 
Division 14 Rail Operations and Maintenance Facility Charrette

In this participatory, intensive week-long session, the Design Team gathers together at a client's location. The on-site begins with a discussion on goals and objectives for the facility, leading to the brainstorming of facility concepts. These concepts are displayed for viewing and discussion. In subsequent sessions, choices are narrowed and developed further. Concepts may include alternative operational concepts, work flow plans, alternative site master plans, and/or alternative floor plans and design. 

Using this interactive process, clients and users are able to express their facility desires and help design a facility that truly meets their needs. By having their voices truly heard during the process, excitement for the new facility is generated among the entire staff. 

Using MDG's On-site Charette process, brainstorming, discussion, and collaboration allows users and the Design Team to create a functional, comfortable, and quality new facility!  

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