Port Colborne, Ontario

Port Colborne Operations Centre

The new Port Colborne Operations Centre is situated on an island in the middle of Welland Canal. The site is only accessible by a draw bridge. We led this unique design that serves as a new home for Public Works, Parks, Engineering and Utilities Departments. The new build includes an administration building, operations centre, salt dome, wash bay, vehicle storage yard and materials storage yard.

The administrative component of the project is traditionally built with a high efficiency enclosure. This includes sustainable building choices and operable windows. The service areas are a combination of pre-engineered structure incorporatiing a higher efficiency building envelope, heated slabs and a overhead crane. The salt dome is a pre-fabricated tensioned fabric building.

We used different building materials throughout and our construction techniques add additional interest to the project. The operations centre is a pre-engineered structure, the salt dome is a pre-fabricated tensioned fabric building, both working in tandem with more traditional building techniques and materials.

Throughout the design and construction process we provided coordination with the municipality, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Region of Niagara and Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, balancing each requirements to ensure the project continued to move forward on schedule.

This project projects a sustainable dynamic vision for future projects in the region that will help to retain and attract personnel.


Architecture, Mechanical Engineering


Institutional, Transportation

Team Leaders

Joanne McCallum
Drew Hauser
Mary Georgious
Kevin Van Hartingsveldt

Partners & sub consultants

EXP - Structure, Electrical
Scott Llewellyn - Civil
MHBC - Landscape
Prism - Project Management
JR Certus - Contractor


36,600 SQ. FT.