Positioning Alberta for growth
Investing in infrastructure remains a critical strategy for the province in ensuring that Alberta can handle future growth. And now, the province says, is the time to spend.
In February, the provincial government unveiled a three-year capital plan calling for $17.6 billion in funding for health facilities, schools, post-secondary institutions, water systems, roads and municipal infrastructure.
"It makes sense to keep taking advantage of stable construction prices and gain good value from the marketplace ahead of the economy heating up again," Lloyd Snelgrove, minister of finance and enterprise and president of Treasury Board, said at the time.
"Continuing to build infrastructure not only keeps people working, these investments are needed to deliver services that are extremely important to Albertans, and we have to be ready for the next decade of economic activity."
In the next pages, Alberta Construction Magazine features several key infrastructure projects:
- The Edmonton New Remand Centre, a $568.6-million project that will make it the largest remand centre in Canada
- Precast bridge deck panels that are being used to speed high-profile highway projects around Alberta
- How the construction industry used a page from the energy industry technology playbook to complete a forcemain project in the Fort McMurray, Alta., region
- Efforts to twin Highway 63, sometimes referred to as the highway of death.
- A first-of-its-kind formwork system used on Canada's largest single infrastructure project.
- Key water and waste water treatment projects.
Ensuring that Alberta's infrastructure can adequately handle future growth has never been more important. It will take on even greater importance if predictions of the looming boom materialize.