Lacombe City Council has officially started construction on a $10.8 million Operations Facility in the Len Thompson Industrial Park.

Construction will be completed in phases and is slated for completion later in 2024.

"Council is excited to see this critical project move ahead,” Mayor Grant Creasey said. “After an extensive development phase, Lacombe City Council is confident the project will deliver value for the community. I look forward to the grand opening of our new Operations facility, as it supports delivering high-quality public services to our citizens in the coming years.”

The total budget is financed through a combination of provincial MSI (Municipal Sustainability Initiative) funding, and additional borrowing. Administration is currently pursuing grant funding opportunities to offset the cost of the facility.

The budget for the Operations Facility comes after the City held workshops with a Value Review Committee (VRC), which included third-party reviewers, members of Council, and senior Administration.

Based on these workshops, the City identified the vital elements of the facility while also finding avenues to reduce the cost. The result is a building that will meet the needs of the City’s operations staff while also allowing for potential expansion to deliver new or changing functions in the future.

The approved budget includes a $ $91,929 new public art project allocation that will be administered by the Lacombe Art Collection Committee.

Building sketchImage courtesy of the City of Lacombe.