CentrePort Canada continues to grow with the most recent tenant to break ground at North America’s largest inland port being the National Research Council’s (NRC) advanced manufacturing development facility.
Construction will soon begin of a new $60 million, 72,000 square foot research facility at the site on the west side of Winnipeg with easy access to Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport – which operates on a 24-hour basis.
“After considering several locations, we chose the site at CentrePort because of its access to the airport and the newly-built highway system in the area,” says Eric Baril, Director General of the NRC’s Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre.
On completion in two years’ time, Baril reports, the new NRC building will house labs – about one-third of the building – and office space for about 100 NRC staff as well as visiting students and academics and employees from other companies that are involved in joint research projects with the NRC team.
“We will have meeting rooms large enough to host courses, lectures and conferences,” Baril adds.
NRC staff at the facility will be engaging in joint research for the aerospace, automotive and food sectors, more specifically looking at incorporating digital technology – such as additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things – in manufacturing processes.
Baril notes that the principal contractor for the project is Pennco Construction of Manitoba while Number Ten Architectural Group and Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc, in joint venture have been contracted to do the design – a design which will feature a kinetic screen composed of 12,000 stainless steel tiles suspended over posts covering about 5,000 square feet of the northeast corner of the building facade.
The new NRC building is slated to be the centerpiece of CentrePort’s 89-acre Brookside Industrial Park Phase III which came online about a year ago and is located directly north of the 150-acre Brookside Business Park, which is sold-out.
The 20,000-acre CentrePort Canada is the country’s first and largest tri-modal inland port and Foreign Trade Zone with direct access to national and international rail, truck and air cargo operations. CentrePort offers prime industrial land for any size of development including manufacturing and assembly, warehousing and distribution, agribusiness, food processing and packaging, and transportation-related logistics.