This greenfield project is at the intersection of 8th Street and Preston Avenue in Saskatoon. With 5,000 square feet spread over a single story, steel-framed structure, this Conexus Credit Union location is the latest in a series of successful projects PCL is completing for the client. It features a partial cast-in-place concrete basement and exterior veneers of glazed curtain wall, brick, Tyndall stone, and composite metal paneling.
This site presented some significant construction challenges. First, the building is located in the existing parking lot of a prominent Saskatoon retail mall. The site area was extremely limited to minimize effects on parking and traffic flows for the mall’s anchor tenant. Secondly, the site had been remediated in the past to remove contaminated soil from a previous tenant. Excavations in the remediated backfill required excessive slopes to prevent failures. A shoring wall was required along Preston Avenue to prevent undermining of the city sidewalk, curb, and street.
Permanent power service for this site is fed from overhead lines 100 meters away and across a newly paved parking lot. The construction drawings specified the service be brought to the building via a concrete duct bank, which needed to be trenched entirely through the existing parking lot. PCL was able to negotiate with the City of Saskatoon and instead use directional bore conduits for the electrical conductors. This resulted in significant cost savings for the client and eliminated the need to trench the parking lot, which would have significantly impacted operations for the mall’s anchor tenant.