As a part of its larger operations in Fort Saskatchewan, Plains Midstream Canada was expanding and required a new building to house the company’s administration and controls for its rail facility. The building, which is located on the periphery of the existing gas plant, needed to withstand a potential blast and keep occupants safe, if ever faced with a gas leak.
These two safety requirements called for Arrow’s close and considered attention when completing the engineering designs and construction administration for this building. In order to complete the project on the tight timeline, Arrow’s structural team utilized a unique timber option for a blast-resistant bunker, keeping the project on schedule.
Throughout the construction process, the civil team worked closely with Plains Midstream’s team to mitigate the issue of large amounts of groundwater in the construction area, which was potentially problematic to the property’s stability. By collaborating, the two companies removed the risk and added a 5,000-gallon, above-ground, skid-mounted-foundation storage tank to the site.
The mechanical department ensured a sensitive gas detection system was incorporated into the building design, removing the risk of hazardous gas leaks. If any amount of gas above the normal levels is detected, the entire mechanical system stops drawing exterior air into the building.
Arrow’s team was responsible for all of the disciplines, which allowed for a great deal of collaboration.
“It was nice to be able to work with a lot of new people. From tank suppliers to contractors, we were able to gain a better understanding of how they work and what challenges they face on their end.”
– Maz Kitabwalla, Senior Project Manager, Civil