Major Projects

Capital Project Update – Q4 2020


Buildings Lifecycle Maintenance 

Project description & goals: Scheduled maintenance and capital replacements for facilities

Current Status:

Library/101 Bear 

  • SmartAir Door Locks main doors- Scheduled Q4

Child Care 

  • Replace Annunciator and devices-Completed Q2 

552 Banff Ave.

  • Replace all railings and deck coverings & Waterproofing Membranes- Completed Q3 
552 Banff Ave Railing
552 Banff Ave waterproofing

Town Hall

  • HVAC Automation Upgrade and Integration -Completed Q4
Town Hall HVAC
  • Town Hall Carpet- moved to 2021
  • Town Hall SmartAir Locks Interior doors – On going
  • Town Hall Interior Office Painting- On going

Operations Office

  • Replace Washer & Dryer Completed Q3
  • Replace Floor machine- Moved to 2021

Middle Springs Cabin

  • Replace Domestic Hot Water Tank -Moved to 2021

 Rundle Cabin

  • Re-sheet & Replace Shakes-Replace Fascia Trim-New Windows & Flooring- Completed Q4

Fire Hall 

  • HVAC Automation Upgrade and Integration -Completed Q4
Fire Hall HVAC


  • Parkade Infrastructure-Moved to 2021

Backflow Preventer Installation 

  • Completed Q3

Comprehensive Buildings Condition Assessment 

Project description & goals:  To determine the present physical condition of the listed facilities with respect to structural and architectural components, building envelope, mechanical/electrical systems, fire/life safety systems, and provide a predictive 10 year renewal costs, containing energy efficiencies recommendations as outline in the 2019 facilities energy audits for these components.

 Current Status: -Moved to 2022 due to COVID 

Fenlands Lifecycle Maintenance 

Project description & goals: the inspection, testing, service, repair or replacement of The Fenlands mechanical and structural envelope to ensure life expectancy is met. 

Projects for 2020: 

  • Staining/Painting- Completed Q3
  • Replace Water Fountains- Completed Q3
  • Arena Lighting- Moved to 2021
  • Replace Hot Water Tank - Complete
  • Ice Plant-Compressor Controls - Moved to 2021
  • Ice Plant- Relief Valves - Complete
  • Ice Plant- Design Services- On Going
  • Scoreboard- Moved to 2021
  • Floor Scrubber- Moved to 2021
  • BHA Laundry- Completed Q3
  • Realice Installation- Completed Q3
  • Sledge Hockey Conversion Kit- Completed Q2
  • HVAC Programing Upgrades- Completed Q3
  • Inclusion Change Rooms- Completed Q4           
Fenlands Bathrooms
Fenlands exterior

Fleet Transit Building – Fire Alarm 

Project description & goals: Installation of an audible alarm system that can be heard over work noise.

Current Status: Project Completed 

Waste Transfer Station Solar PV 

Project description & goals:  Install a 100 kW solar PV array on the Waste Transfer Station roof to meet ~50% of the building’s annual electricity consumption.  

Current Status: Construction began March 16 2020.  Project was commissioned May 11 2020 and is operating as expected. Final cost was $154,133.  Unit cost was $1.60/W installed – the lowest of any Town of Banff solar project so far.  Project funding as follows: Alberta Municipal Solar Program – 30%, Federal Low Carbon Economy Fund – 40%, ToB Environmental Reserve – 30%.


Update Structural Protection Trailer

Project description & goals: to replace the single 2005 structure protection trailer with two updated trailers increasing capability and capacity.

Current Status: project complete. Both trailers now meet Alberta / British Columbia “Type 2” equipment requirements.

Fire protection


Fleet Management – Vehicle Replacement 

Project description & goals: Fleet Equipment replacement to align with Maximizing Life Cycle effectiveness, Amended Green Fleet Policy C6000 & Equipment Task Right Sizing.

Current Status: 4 Units were replaced in fall of 2019 & 2020 units

  • a dual purpose four season cab forward turf tractor for municipal parks (part of sidewalk snow removal and the consolidation of having to replace unit 37 (which is only used for summer operations currently))
  • a crane truck replaced unit 78 (1994)
  • a new street sweeper replaced the existing one ((unit 43 a 2004) new unit has one engine instead of two and all emissions will go through the trucks catalytic converter and exhaust treatment system).
  • a new vac truck to replace unit 53 will be delivered 3rd week of November 2020.
  • Two vehicles are scheduled to be replaced in 2021 for Municipal Parks:
    1. a Bobcat Toolcat to replace unit 75
    2. a Toro polar track winter tractor to replace unit 10

Municipal Parks Electric Vehicles

Project description & goals: Purchase of two electric utility vehicles (similar to a Bobcat Toolcat or John Deere gator).  These units would be used to carry people and supplies and do so in a fuel efficient manner.  

Current Status: An APC posting and analysis was completed for purchase.   Covid-19 struck and all non-essential or non pre ordered purchases were placed on hold.  Given the current budget forecasting and constraints the purchase has been pushed back to 2021.

Electric vehicle

Small Equipment 

Project description & goals: purchase of miscellaneous small equipment

Current Status:

  • Water tank – For crane truck has been moved to 2022.
  • Iron metal fabricator has been moved to 2022.


Banff Recreation Grounds 

Project description & goals: Design and construction of projects identified in the Recreation Grounds Master Plan. 

Current Status:

 Completed Projects:

  • North playground (2019)
  • North parking lot repairs (2019)
  • Norquay, Little Bow and Protection Shelter repairs (2019)
  • Ball diamond fencing (2018)
  • Trail to greenhouse (2018)
  • South parking lot (2018)
  • Picnic table upgrades (2017)
  • Removal of mountain bike features (2017)
  • Skatepark (2017)
  • Topographical site survey complete (2017)

Projects in Progress:

Consultants were hired in the spring of 2020 for the design services of many elements in the recreation grounds.  Projects included civil works, north, central and the horse trails, the basketball court, ball diamond irrigation, sports field irrigation, track removal and improvements, dog park, two picnic sites, site fencing and the toboggan hill.  

 The sports field, ball diamond, picnic sites and dog park works were tendered for construction in the fall of 2020, however, working with Parks Canada it was determined that improving on the soil management plan for contaminated soils in all parts of the recreation grounds would potentially reduce unanticipated construction costs, meet environmental guidelines and better inform bidding companies.  In addition, the Parks Canada determination to not proceed with site fencing requires some design changes for the dog park. These works will recommence in the spring of 2021 upon completion of a Parks Canada approved soil management plan and revised dog park design. 

 Other design work completed in 2020 for other recreation grounds elements will be used in the Parks Canada Basic Impact Assessment. This assessment process has commenced and includes all anticipated future year projects and the pedestrian bridge.  Determinations from this assessment will help streamline design and construction processes at the recreation grounds moving forward. 

Central Park Pedestrian Crossing 

Project description & goals:  Construction of a pedestrian crossing connecting Central Park with the Rec grounds

Current Status:  Awaiting confirmation of ICIP funding of $2.2M prior to starting on design procurement process, River bed survey is complete and Basic Impact Approval process is underway.

Legacy Trail Extension – Banff Avenue Connection

Project description & goals: Provide a safe, protected cycling experience from the West end of the Banff Avenue Legacy Trail into Banff. The selected alignment implemented industry best practices to ensure the safety of cyclists, pedestrians, Roam users and drivers. Design and construction of the Legacy Trail Extension was coordinated with the offsite improvements for Inns of Banff and Swiss Village re-development, which resulted in improved trail alignment, cost sharing with developers and reduced impact to road and trail users.

Current Status:

Paving was completed on July 3 and substantial project completion was achieved on July 31, 2020 with landscaping and Banff Ave bike sharrows symbols to be completed in spring 2021. Cyclists were very enthusiastic about the new trail extension although many were not heeding the trail symbols to turn right at the crosswalk and continued to cycle on the east sidewalk. A bollard has been added to the sidewalk and directional signage will be added to encourage them to cross Banff Avenue to the west side at Marmot Crescent and continue into town along the on road cyclist route.

Legacy Trail Extension 1
Legacy Trail Extension 2

Mountain view Cemetery Roadway Improvement 

Project description & goals: To repair damaged curbs and remove excess vegetation and regrade and level driving surfaces.

Current Status: Deferred to 2021 when council asked administration to push Capital projects due to COVID.

Norquay Road Trail

Project description & goals: Improve travel ease and safety for pedestrians and cyclists between Railway Ave and Fenlands Recreation Centre, also a dedicated trail that can be winter maintained.

Current Status: Construction and landscaping was completed in May 2020 and the new trail counter detected approximately 12,000 movements over July and August.

Neighborhoods Parks – Upgrades 

Project description & goals: Upgrade the Middle Springs Cabin windows in efforts to reduce vandalism. Included the install of plexiglass panes over windows to maintain the look and character of the building. 

Current Status: Complete - Flooring and windows were repaired in 2020. 

Trails Improvements 

Project description & goals: Implement the recommendations identified in the Trails Master Plan.

Following the Transportation Master Plan - Active Modes section, Council approved the Trails Master Plan early in 2015, and made its recommended actions part of the 4-year Strategic Plan. Trails include a variety of active transportation mode routes from paths through the forest to on-street bike lanes to sidewalks; this budget is based on implementing the Plan's recommendations. A series of staged implementation projects over 4 years (2016-2019) will look to address the key challenges that led to the need for this plan:

-Trails and active transportation routes are anticipated to help alleviate traffic and parking congestion;

-The current trails network has gaps that prevent easy connections to key destinations for both visitors and locals;

-The trails network will need to sustainable accommodate more use by both locals and visitors;

-Improved strategies for managing multiple trail uses, especially as the variety of uses expands.

 2020 update: works included upgrades to the Bow River Trail (paving) and a new trail at Hawk Avenue dog park. A trail counter was also installed along the Norquay Rd trail connecting to The Fenlands.  A report will be delivered to council in late 2020 regarding skateboarding and other alternative active mode routes. 

Project in Progress

Traffic Calmed Entrance to Town 

Project description & goals: Reduce motorist speed to improve the experience of pedestrians and cyclists along the Legacy Trail West, Norquay Road Trail to the Fenlands, at the intercept parking at the Fenlands Recreation Centre and for visitors at the Banff sign. Council directed administration to implement a trial of a traffic-calmed street, including a crosswalk from the Fenlands to the Banff Sign. This project funds design and trial only, not construction.

Current Status: Planters remained adjacent to the Banff sign, line painting was modified to help provide traffic calming and a crosswalk was established at the Fenlands. Vehicular traffic backups - due to trains - still occurred to the Trans-Canada Highway in 2020 despite traffic volumes being approximately 25% lower than last year.  Additional traffic calming measures will be trialled in 2021.

Transit Bus Storage 

Project description & goals: Construction of a bus storage facility to prolong the life of the expanded fleet for Roam Transit.

Current Status:  Following the closing and evaluation of Proposals in late 2019, the Town engaged in a design-build contract with the PCL Construction Management Inc. (PCL) and Marshall Tittemore Architects (MTA) design-build team. Design work was initiated immediately with Town of Banff and ROAM Transit stakeholders and the PCL-MTA team. The project broke ground in April 2020 with the relocation of the dog park, site clearing and civil work in preparation for foundation installation. Deep services, foundations, building structure and hard landscaping are complete. Building envelope construction is scheduled for completion November-December allowing PCL to complete interior work in January-February 2021 and meet a substantial completion date of the end of February – prior to the GreenTrip funding deadline expiry of March 31 2021.  

Transit Storage 1
Transit Storage 2
Transit Storage Concept

Transit Priority Report 

Project description & goals: Study the potential of introducing different Transit Priority Measures to reduce transit travel time, improve service reliability and as a result, increase transit ridership. This study was undertaken as a tactic in the current strategic plan. 

Current Status: Dillon Consulting was hired to complete the study and associated report. Administration plans to present the findings to Council in Q4 2020. 

Fleet for Increased Frequency on Banff Routes 

Project description & goals: Purchase of two new buses for the Banff local routes  

Current Status: buses ordered for delivery in March 2021 – after completion of the bus storage facility, also see “upgrade biodiesel buses to electric project”

Upgrade 2 biodiesel buses to electric 

Project description & goals: Upgrade to electric the purchase of two new buses for the Banff local routes in the above project. 

Current Status: buses ordered for delivery in March 2021 – after completion of the bus storage facility.

Bus Fox


Banff Refreshing – Wolf & Caribou

Project description & goals: Pilot project to implement a seasonal design of the Banff Refreshing standard. 

Current Status: Complete - the typical seasonal street furniture was modified to meet the goals of the Banff Avenue pedestrian zone.

Bear St Woonerff

Project description & goals: Re-construction of Bear Street to permanently foster pedestrian priority. 

Current Status: 

The project is scheduled to be fully complete by the week of July 19, 2021.

Work to complete the project in 2021, will include:

  • installing pavers as final road surface
  • finishing work on planter boulders
  • installing public street furniture
  • planting of more than 100 trees, shrubs and grasses
  • finishing bases on all street lights

The project is behind schedule. We worked with the contractor through 2020 on strategies to accelerate the work, but we were unable to make ground on delays caused by:

  • A late start to the project – the Town was delayed in signing the final contract with the prime contractor (5 months later than original schedule). The delay was due to a late finalization of the 2020 budget, compounded by delays due to COVID, which resulted in consultation with stakeholders on whether to continue the project in a COVID year or defer to 2021
  • The late signing of the contract in April led to the successful bidder taking on other work. Unfortunately, that work in Canmore experienced significant delays.
  • As a result the full construction crews were delayed in arriving at the Bear Street project
  • Then, the complexity and new findings in underground utilities added significant delays on the progress of the project
  • Additional deep services work to upgrade connections with private properties also prevented the additional work crews on the site from making up lost time.

As the construction nears the limit of work able to accomplish in cold temperatures, the focus will be on creating an inviting and usable street through the winter.

Bear Street 1
Bear Street 2
Bear Street 3
Bear Street 4
Bear Street 5
Bear Street 6
Bear Street 7

Bear Street Reconstruction Communication & Marketing campaign 

Project description & goals: The Bear Street Shared Street project (called a Woonerff for five summer trials) will help pedestrians, cars and cyclists become equal users of the commercial road. In addition to the beautification of the street, traffic-calming features will make vehicles drive at very slow speeds, pedestrians will have the right-of-way, and cyclists will travel comfortably through the space. Research on conversions to pedestrian-friendly streets in other communities show increased pedestrian safety, visitor enjoyment, and an economic boost to businesses.

Comms and Marketing
Comms and Marketing 2

The reconstruction of the street – including replacement of all underground water, storm water and sanitary sewer infrastructure and connections to all properties before installation of 36 planters, street lights and patterned pavers across the street – will create significant disruption to services and businesses on the street.

This capital-funded project has two primary goals:

  • Stakeholder communications: Property owners, residents and tenants on Bear Street are well-informed about the construction project and work affecting specific businesses, and have the opportunity to collaborate on the marketing objectives to attract customers and clients to Bear Street.
  • Marketing and attraction: customers and clients are aware of and attracted to businesses and services on Bear Street through the reconstruction, made aware of the future benefits of the reconstructed street, and pedestrians are supported in finding optimal routes to their destinations.

An additional goal was added after the project began in April 2020:

  • Safety: The safety of Town employees, residents, visitors and tenants is maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Current Status:

Stakeholder communications: A stakeholder communications committee was created in March 2020 before the project commenced, to compile feedback on the marketing tools and approaches for the reconstruction period. With the onset of the global COVID pandemic, the objectives shifted to engaging the Bear Street stakeholders on whether the project should commence in 2020 or be deferred to start in 2021. At the time, the Province of Alberta had imposed restrictions closing all but essential services. Stakeholders discussed pushing the project ahead through a period that may see continuing closures due to COVID, or delay construction in order to avoid compounding the disruption on businesses and services. Overwhelmingly, tenants on Bear Street advocated to proceed with the reconstruction project. With Council confirmation to proceed, the budget for the communications and marketing effort was reduced from $554,500 to $287,400 for 2020 as part of a Town-wide effort to reduce the overall tax levy by 17% to mitigate financial hardship in the community. 

Engagement with stakeholders shifted back to compiling input on prioritizing marketing strategies, creating a project marketing name (A Brand New Bear) and collaborating on establishing scrim and marketing designs. Once the project was underway, the original Stakeholder Communications Committee makeup was revised, as several businesses and employees of participating Bear Street organizations were either no longer in operations, working or able to assist during the pandemic. The stakeholder communications transitioned to construction tactics including: a dedicated website, a weekly stakeholder newsletter, weekly stakeholder group virtual meetings, project update posters on site, periodic print flyers and direct communications. A key component of stakeholder communications was the establishment of a Business Liaison Officer. In order to meet reduced budgets, a portion of an existing Town FTE was allocated this role, rather than hiring a new position. When the project experienced challenges due to issues with underground private utility connections and the complexity of replacing the existing system, an additional Town employee was dedicated to the role of Community Liaison Officer. Together the positions engage on daily basis with property owners, business owners and employees, service organizations, building managers, the construction company, the Bear Street Ambassadors and the project team to ensure accurate and timely information is shared with stakeholders.

 Marketing and attraction: the project team has delivered on the marketing tactics prioritized by the stakeholder group, including establishment of fabric scrim on fencing enclosing the work areas, wayfinding signage and route redirection, signage to attract pedestrians from other areas in Banff, paid advertising and a paid social media campaign with weekly posts targeting visitors in Banff in a radius of 2 miles from the project site. The highest priority stakeholders identified for the marketing effort was the Bear Street Ambassador program. Once it was deemed safe to have staff interacting with pedestrians, 14 local residents were hired to staff promotional booths, recruit visitors to Bear Street from Banff Avenue and parking lots at Central Park, the Train Station and arriving from Bow Avenue. 

 After intensive training on safety protocols, tourism agent duties, project information and Bear Street businesses, Bear Street Ambassadors became a major presence in the community to help residents navigate the changing routes to their destinations, an visitors learn about opportunities in the businesses and services on Bear Street. 

 The project budget dedicated to marketing design, signage and promotions has remained on budget, however the Ambassador and Liaison costs are over budget due to increasing scope and duration of the roles, due to project delays and a need to have seven-day coverage for wayfinding support.

Safety: From Day 1, the Bear Street Ambassadors handed out free masks to visitors, as they were operational before Safety Ambassadors were hired, and this contact created an opportunity to inform people about the mask requirements in Banff as well as the dining, retail, gallery and service opportunities on Bear Street. Ambassadors provided masks from two booths during the summer and continue to provide masks on weekends and holidays in winter. 

 The Bear Street Project implemented a number of safety measures such as increasing the height of the fabric fence scrim in order to establish a safety barrier between construction workers and pedestrians (before there was much medical data about its efficacy), and implemented the first COVID Safety Guide for Construction Projects with the Bear Street contractors. Ambassadors on site continue to assist pedestrians with safety messaging and reminders about physical distancing and mask requirements. 

Bow River Bridge Piers Maintenance 

Project description & goals: The Bow River Bridge was designated a municipal heritage resource in December 2016. Council committed funding from both a Capital Project Allocation and the Municipal Heritage Reserve.  The project scope includes rehabilitation of the decorative masonry along the northern retaining land pier and the first river pier along the northern shoreline. The scope of work is purely cosmetic. 

Current Status:  Phase 1 of the project was completed in September 2019, this work involved rebuilding and repointing sections of the stonework in the underpass on the north side of the bridge.  Phase 2 work was delayed due to a change in scope to reconstruction the structural scour apron around the pier.  The town was successful in a grant application through STIP, which will contribute $78,825 to project costs.  Phase 2 work is on the northern river based pier (pier 4) will be completed in early 2021.  As per the Parks Canada approved environmental protection plan, work will only commence once water levels have receded and the work can proceed on dry river bed.  

Bridge and Culverts Maintenance 

Project description & goals: Inspection of all town trail bridges and replacement of the Marmot Crescent culvert.

Current Status: The inspection of all trail bridges was completed by a consultant in 2018. 

The trail bridge adjacent to Marmot Crescent will be replaced in 2021 using the balance of the capital carry forward. Deferred to 2021 when council asked administration to push Capital projects due to COVID

Lynx Street Light Replacements 

Project description & goals: Support the replacement and re-design of Fortis street lights along Gopher Street and Lynx street.  

Current Status: Phase 1 of the project is complete, new street lights have been installed along Gopher Street and Lynx Street (north of Wolf St). Phase 2 of the project is underway. Tree top street lights will be installed by the end of 2020 along Lynx Street, in front of the Homestead Hotel. The Rundle stone bases for each street light will be completed in the spring of 2021.  

Public Space & Banffrefreshing Streetscape Master Plan 

Project description & goals: Develop Streetscape Design Guidelines for rebuilding public roads over time. 

Current Status: Complete. Council adopted the Streetscape Design Guidelines as a guiding document in March 2020.  

Railway Station Intercept Lot - Public Rd Enhancements 

Project description & goals: Design and potentially implement roadway improvements relating to the construction of an intercept lot located east of the railway station.

Current Status:  A semi-permanent trial roundabout at the Lynx/Elk/Railway intersection was implemented in conjunction with the opening of the train station lot.  A left hand turn lane was also formalized at the Gopher/Norquay/Railway intersection.   Administration continues to monitor the operation of these trial improvements to inform permanent designs.   Given the current work by the private developer to complete an area redevelopment plan (ARP), administration has paused permanent design work, until there is more clarity on the ARP  

Station improvements 1
Station improvements 2

Roadway Overlay Program 

Project description & goals: Prioritized roadway overlays across the townsite to prolong the life of the road surface.

Current status: 2020 scope was changed to take advantage of lower traffic volumes due to Covid-19.   The roads re-surfaced in 2020 were

  • Banff Ave 100 and 200 blocks
  • Banff Ave 500 block and southbound 600 blocks (northbound land was omitted due to legacy trail connection work)
  • St Julien Way
  • Moose Street from Marten to Squirrel Streets
  • ~10 localised patches associated with utility repairs or local deterioration of the road surface.
Road Overlay 1
Road Overlay 2

A town wide pavement condition assessment was also carried out in August 2019.  The report provides detailed recommendations for the next 10 years of overlay budget.  The report indicates that the overall condition of Banff’s entire roadway network has slightly improved since the 2013 assessment.   The report also finds that current level of funding is slightly less than is required to maintain the overall network at its current average condition and recommends increasing yearly spending to an average of $650,000.   Given the condition of the roadway network has improved slightly since 2013 at the current budget of 550,000, administration is not recommending increase budget funding at this time.  We will continue to monitor roadway condition and may return to Council to ask for more funding in the future.

 During fall/winter 2020 consulting work is underway to determine the optimum roadway rehabilitation strategy for a number of roadway segments that were identified in the 2019 condition assessment as requiring work within the next 1-2 years.

Scramble Intersection at Banff and Elk 

Project description & goals: Implement a scramble intersection at Banff Avenue and Elk Street. 

Current Status: Complete. As of spring 2020 this intersection has been operating with a pedestrian exclusive phase. 

Sidewalk Improvement Program

Project description & goals: Complete a series of upgrades and replacements to maintain and improve the quality of sidewalks.

Current Status:  In 2020 a new sidewalk on the North side of Moose Street between squirrel and Marten streets was constructed, work is now complete.  The design of the Moose Street sidewalk was informed by the streetscape design guidelines.   The project was expanded to include catch basin replacement and roadway resurfacing work paid for by those two respective projects budgets.  The project also included the installation of soil cells to manage storm water and provide soil volumes for healthy trees.  The installation of soil cells on Moose Street also served as a “trial” opportunity to learn for Bear Street.  

Sidewalk 1
Sidewalk 2

Another section of sidewalk along Buffalo Street between Banff ave and the alley near the Post Office was also replaced and upgraded to Banff refreshing standards.  This project took advantage of an ATCO valve replacement project that dug up half the sidewalk area.  The Buffalo street sidewalk was conceived as an idea, designed, tendered and constructed in 8 weeks, with ATCO contributing just under 1/3 of the construction costs – paying for the permanent reinstatement of the work in their footprint; co-ordinated with a permanent improvement the sidewalk, planting and road layout in the area.


Design work for the next project – a sidewalk on the north side of Moose Street from Banff ave to Muskrat Street - will commence in fall/winter 2020.  This work will likely be constructed over two years, with the Banff to Beaver block first and Beaver to Muskrat the following year.  

St. Julien Road Shallow Reconstruction & Storm Improvement 

Project description & goals: Reconstruction of St Julien Road to enhance pedestrian & cyclist connectivity, lighting and storm water management.

Current Status:  in March 2020 Council directed administration to engage with the public on the design for the roadway reconstruction.  Due to Covid-19 the public engagement has been delayed.  Public Engagement is now planned to commence Q1 of 2021 with the road construction now planned for 2022

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St Julien Concept

Street Lighting Upgrades Program – LED Retrofit

Project description & goals: Retrofitting of existing Town-owned street lights with energy-efficient fixtures.

Current Status: Design underway to evaluate the options to retrofit Banff Avenue downtown to LED lights.

 Thermoplastic Line Painting 

Project description & goals: Permanent line painting at crosswalks and other important intersections.

Current Status:  Permanent line markings were installed on the new pavement along Banff ave, the Buffalo/Bear intersection and at the Elementary School and Banff Daycare.  There are significant defects and deficiencies in the work completed on the Banff Ave 100 and 200 blocks, resulting in the Town terminating the contract with the line marking company.  Repair work for the deficiencies will occur in the spring of 2021. 

Resource Recovery 

Additional Residential Organics Bins 

Project description & goals: Add 63 residential bins for the collection of food and food-soiled paper in order to increase opportunities for residents to compost their food waste. 

Current Status: 15 of the 63 bins have been installed with site work still occurring.  An additional 20 sites have been identified and installation and site work will begin Q2 2021.

Organics Bin

Automated Driveway Gate 

Project description & goals: Add driveway gate to resolve potential wildlife conflicts and better control movement of vehicles and waste into the Resource Recovery yard

Current Status: Project has been completed and remaining funds returned to reserves.

Biomass District Heating

Project description & goals:  The biomass district heating system will be fueled by clean wood chips derived from shipping pallets, lumber from construction/demolition activities, and tree materials from local fire-smarting and pruning operations.  This will divert approximately 200 tonnes of waste wood from landfill each year.   The goal is to provide renewable heat to the four public buildings within the Operations Yard: the Waste Transfer Station, Fleet Transit/Services, Maintenance Shop, and the new Roam Transit Garage.  Overall, the Project is estimated to reduce GHG emissions by 233 tonnes per year and achieve a cumulative reduction of 5,970 (tonnes CO2 eq.) over the project lifetime.

Current Status: Construction began in August 2020 and is proceeding on budget.  Completion and commissioning is scheduled for January 2021.


Downtown District Recycling Depots 

Project description & goals: Install 4 recycling depots in the downtown core parking lots to create convenient options for the commercial sector to recycle.

Current Status:  Depots were installed in Q4 2019.   Wood screening of 3 sites still to be completed.

Food waste decant and storage 

Project description & goals: Construction of a food waste storage area to enable the consolidation of trips to the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP).  Reducing operating costs per tonne and the number of wildlife disturbance events are the principal project goals.

Current Status: Complete. This project is linked to a consideration of potential improvements to bio-solids & food waste processing.  A temporary ramp has been created and roll-off bins are being used to bulk and decant Food waste liquids before shipping to a compost facility north of Calgary.  Operation began Sept 6, 2019.

Pedestrian Bin Replacement 

Project description & goals: Replacement of selected pedestrian bins at the end of their natural life cycle as well as re-clad aging BigBelly bins on Banff Ave. 

Current Status: Finishing the wood cladding on this year’s bins with the re-cladding of BigBelly bins to resume in Q1 2021.

Residential Bin Replacement 

Project description & goals:   Replace end of life cycle residential garbage bins with new bins with greater capacity.

Current Status:  3 new bins have been purchased and put into service as of Q3 2020.

Resource Recovery Data Capture Enhancement 

Project description & goals:   Incorporate the system into 3 Town of Banff Residential vehicles to capture and report more accurate representation of how the Town is performing on waste diversion.

Current Status: Awaiting results from current installations before moving forward.

Transfer Station Upgrades 

Project description & goals: Repair of building siding and installation of a steel containment wall to increase capacity of the waste transfer site.  The project will resolve storage shortages that arise when the West Dried Meats Lake Landfill is closed. Discussions are ongoing with the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission regarding cost sharing for the upgrades.

Current Status:  The distorted exterior sheet metal has been replaced and concrete “lego blocks” have been installed to protect the new wall sheeting.  Spray foam insulation will be completed in Q2 2021. 

Extension Lake Louise Contract 

Project description & goals: The purchase of 1 fully equipped residential style, side load garbage truck, 1 tandem axle cable hoist lift truck, 3 roll-off bins for food waste transfer and Kiosk upgrades.

Current Status: Both the Residential and Cable trucks have been purchased and put into service as well as 3 roll-off bins for food transfer.  Kiosk upgrades are underway with completion in 2021. 


Sewer Main Repairs 

Project description & goals: Using condition assessment data, prioritize and complete sanitary sewer repairs as budget permits.

Current Status: Service installation to Banff Springs Hotel completed. Sewer line was relocated onto roadway and away from original location along bank of Spray River to limit potential environmental impact in the event of a wastewater release. 

Sulphur Mtn Sanitary Sewer Main Replacement

Project description & goals: Replacement of roughly 1700m of fractured clay tile sanitary sewer pipe from the Sulphur Mountain Gondola/Parks Canada Hot Springs parking lot, down to the Banff Springs Hotel. The pipe alignments is along a popular hiking/horse-riding trail, in a Declared Wilderness zone with known poor ground conditions and spring-source groundwater.

Current Status:  Design and procurement was carried out with both pipe bursting and trenching as options for the pipe replacement.  Pipe bursting was found, in this case, to be around half the cost of the pipe burst methodology.  Pipe bursting involves utilizing a large force to pull a cone-shaped steel head through the old pipe while pulling-in the new pipe, which is connected to the back of the bursting head. This method allowed us to avoid the complete excavation of the sanitary line which saved time and environmental impact and substantially reduced the known construction risks of poor ground conditions and dewatering - which would have been costly and difficult to overcome with a trenching methodology.  The final section of pipe bursting was completed in the fall of 2020, with landscape remediation completed shortly thereafter.       

WWTP Capital Upgrades

Project description & goals: Upgrades to maintain operational efficiency and effluent quality.  See individual project descriptions and current status below.     

Headworks and Dewatering Motor Control Center replacement

Electrical assessment by Associated Engineering in January identified corrosion internally. Several units have reached the end of their service life.  


The Dewatering upstairs and downstairs MCC’s have been replaced and commissioned. Headworks MCC has also been installed and commissioned.  

SCADA System Merger

The Town currently has two independent SCADA systems used for operations, monitoring and control of the Town’s distribution and collection (D&C) systems and Town’s wastewater treatment plant. Water Services plans to streamline the existing two D&C SCADA servers into one and combine the functionality of the D&C server into the WWTP SCADA server. The D&C server will have the WWTP functionality added to it as well. This will maintain physical redundancy for the D&C server and create the same redundancy for the WWTP SCADA.

Current Status :

Project has been completed and staff have been trained. 

Engineering Master Services Agreement

The Town has reached the end of a three year contract with Associated Engineering. An APC tender package was issued in May, 2019 and received 6 proposals. These were ranked based on engineering qualifications outlined in the RFP. 

Current Status:

AECOM Canada Ltd received the highest score and has been selected to assist with all aspects of Water Services engineering support for capital and maintenance tasks until 2022.

Upgrade of Grit Channel Pump

Regular maintenance of GP-1206 identified a poor design due to the lack of a seal flush system. A new pump has been purchased that includes this and should eliminate regular failure. 

Status: Contract has been awarded to Balzer. Work has been completed with no issues identified with the new unit. 



Project description & goals: Install new flow-paced chlorinator to dose chlorine in line with water demand. Relocation of all critical water treatment systems to the Tunnel Mountain Reservoir. 

Current Status: 

Complete - Flow-paced chlorinator has been installed and is online at existing chlorine building located in compound. 

Demolition of Pump Station under Bow River Bridge Deck 

Project description & goals:   The old pump station building located adjacent to the north abutment and under the deck of the Bow River Bridge has experienced settling in the foundation which has resulted in extensive cracking of the cinder block walls.  Structural engineering advice is that the room should be demolished.  The goal of this project is to safely demolish the building.  Due to the utilities in the building and the presence of vermiculite (asbestos) in the walls the project scheduling and planning is quite complex.  The scope of work includes replacement of the corroded I beam that supports the water main and replacement of the insulation for the span between the abutment and pier 5 (pier located right on the river bank), removal of hazardous asbestos material, relocation of the High Voltage Cables that run down the outside of the building, relocation/decommissioning of low voltage power to the building, provisiparkingon of a new permanent irrigation connection for Central Park and river trail irrigation systems, demolition of the building walls, remediation and landscaping.

Current Status:  Parks Canada Basic Impact Assessment is complete.  Fortis are working on planning and design to relocate the high voltage (HV) cables.   Some of the low voltage (LV) electrical has been relocated and some decommissioned, the remaining LV work will occur at the same time as the HV relocation.  Structural design of the pipe support system is underway.  The water main has been inspected using digital radiography to help confirm structural adequacy of the pipe and the branch connection use for irrigation and inform the structural support design.   Planning and scheduling work for the actual demolition is underway.  The main demolition work is planned for early spring, once the risk of freezing the water main is no longer a concern.

Emergency Generators 

Project description & goals: Install emergency generators at key locations to safeguard critical needs in the event of prolonged power outage.

Current Status: Generator installations have been completed for Town Hall (which included Central Park lift station and upgrading electrical infrastructure along with a new event panel for Central Park). Additionally, Elk Street, Whiskey Creek, Marmot and Birch Street sewage lift stations generator installations are complete.

 Permanent location of the 600kw for generator for the wellhead has been determined and work is underway to prepare foundations, run new conduit/wiring, move electrical transformer, and commission generator. Completion expected by end of 2020. 


Valve Replacement 

Project description & goals:  Using condition assessment data, prioritize and complete valve repairs or replacement as budget permits.

Current Status: 2018 phase one Mountain Avenue completed which entailed service relocation and the capping of the 150mm water main on Mountain Avenue to prevent mainline freezing conditions. Phase 2 was the relocation of the fire hydrant on Mountain Avenue and capping the main north of parks administration building. Work complete.


Catch Basin Replacement Program 

Project description & goals: Using condition assessment data, prioritize and complete catch basin repairs or replacement as budget permits.

Current Status: project funding expired in 2018 and all funds are now spent.  The final funds were spent replacing catch basins on Moose Street between Squirrel and Marten Streets.    

Financial Software Update 

Project description & goals: Update of financial software to current version including training for staff on the software.

Current Status: Substantially complete. Administration is exploring options for the replacement of our job costing software with the remaining budget in order to better support ongoing service benchmarking.  

Information Governance Master Plan Implementation 

Project description & Goals:  In 2015 council accepted the Information Governance Master Plan as a guiding document for the Town’s information governance program. The plan is a multi-year, multi-phase roadmap to achieve compliant information and records management compliance. The capital project approved in 2017 was for the initial expenditures to set up electronic records and document management systems (EDRMS). This budget includes system configuration and the implementation of two pilot groups to test the system.

Current Status: The Town has installed and configured Microsoft SharePoint 2019 in conjunction with Gimmal Records Management software and 9 groups have been successfully on-boarded (Community Services, Fenlands, Municipal Clerk, IT, Facilities, Health & Safety, Operations Support Services, HR and Finance). This accounts for approximately 70 users who now use the system everyday to access their documents. In Q4 2020 the Town is migrating the content from SharePoint 2019 (on-premise) to SharePoint Online (cloud) and will continue to onboard the remaining groups in next two years.

 Municipal Enforcement Restructure 

In the 2019 Service Level Review, council approved the expansion and renaming of the Bylaw Services Department.  The new department name is “Municipal Enforcement” which is a much more current and common name seen for similar departments throughout the province.  The initiative included two FTE Community Peace Officer positions which will focus on moving traffic safety as well as public places safety and enjoyment (liquor and cannabis enforcement in public places). 

The project included the purchase and outfitting of two fully electric patrol vehicles which we believe is a first for any Municipal Enforcement Departments throughout the province.

Bylaw Services had a fixed space within the town hall with no real allowance for expansion.  With the addition of two FTEs, the space was redesigned to accommodate for the new staff while still remaining efficient and collaborative.

 Municipal Enforcement restructure capital costs include the following:

  • Two fully equipped fully electric patrol vehicles (Chevrolet Bolts).  Vehicles are decaled to reflect the department name change from Bylaw Services to Municipal Enforcement
  • EVs are decaled and equipped to specifications set out by the Alberta Solicitor General including decal design and placement, and lighting requirements
  • EV capital costs also included two Bosch EV charging stations located in Town Hall Parkade
  • EV interiors are also modified to accommodate laptop workstations to allow officer’s to access files and run driver and plate info in the field.
  • Major officer renovation includes the elimination of one office to create an open collaborative workspace
  • Office renovation included all new workstations conducive to good posture health.
  • Alberta Solicitor General requirements are met by the construction and installation of proper locking evidence and personal lockers for all officers as well as common bylaw files

 Current Status: 

The final two VPN/ROADS access laptops have been ordered and will be set up for mobile use mid-December.  All other elements are concluded.

Parking Enforcement handheld devices and printers 

Project description & goals: This capital project was for the replacement of the current parking/bylaw enforcement handheld units.  While the original handheld units provided a great improvement to the efficiency and accuracy of the enforcement process, the replacement units are in for form of android phones vs the original mini tablet handhelds.

 As all officers already carry cell phones as an absolute requirement for their jobs, we were able to integrate the required operating needs through an android phone app.  This eliminated the need for officers to carry two enforcement devices (cell phone and handheld tablet), and just carry the phones.

 The android phone app provides a substantial improvement in the LPR operability, and is much smaller than a handheld.  As well, updates to the app should require less or even eliminate IT time to install operating updates.

Moving forward, this will also result in a significant cost reduction as handhelds (5 units) will not need to be replaced every 3-5 years.

 Current Status: The final 2 handheld units have been ordered and arrive in the week of November 2020.

These final units will be used by the seasonal officers and will serve as back up units for officers.

 Public Art Exhibit Project 

Project Description & Goals: Commission 4 artworks for 4 ½–year temporal exhibition at Bear Street Mall and Banff Town Hall; proceed with fabrication of all artwork exhibition materials/hardware and required installation.

Current Status: Bear Street Mall exhibition (When I Close My Eyes) has been installed for the intended project length. The Community Art Committee are in the process of determining next steps for the piece and the space.

Banff Town Hall exhibition: Raven #2 was exhibited 2013-2014; Stuffed Animals exhibit was extended to July 2017 as it was temporarily removed during its display because of hardware failure; Love is Touching Souls was exhibited from July 2017 until end of 2018. As the project is now complete, the piece has been removed and the wall repaired.

Signage & Wayfinding - Master Plan 

Project description & goals: Town–wide wayfinding installation to enhance visitor experience.

Current Status: The entrance sign on Norquay Road and a digital message sign to be located by the hospital are complete.  East Entrance Banff Sign has been cancelled.

Streaming and Recording of Council Meetings 

Project description & goals: Expansion of existing audio system to include video and to livestream and record Council Meetings. 

Current Status: 

  • Project Complete
Council Meeting

Storm Water Consulting Design 

Project description & goals: Consultation and survey work to identify underlying issues causing ponding during heavy rain events and/or snow melt in several areas of town. 

A local consultant was engaged to collect survey data, evaluate, produce preliminary designs and propose potential remedial action and associated costs.      

Current Status: Complete - recommendations were received and projects will be presented to Council for consideration when funding allows.   Projects will be prioritized in the context of the storm system as a whole.  

Town Entrance Sign Enhancement 

Project description & goals: construction of a crossing and traffic calming by the Banff sign at the Fenlands

Current Status: Enhancements were coordinated within the ‘Traffic-calmed entrances to Town’ capital project and amendments to layouts will be trialled in 2021/2022.

Town Pageantry Replacement 

Project description & goals: Replace aging Christmas tree toppers for street poles on Banff Avenue and replace holiday string lights. The objective is to replace like with like in order to provide energy efficient holiday pageantry that limits upward light pollution in the downtown area, while adding festive illumination in the winter months.

 Current Status: this project was deferred to 2021 due to capacity issues with communications and events team focussed on COVID issues.

338/340 Banff Avenue 

Pre-Design Work at 338/340 Banff Avenue

Project description & goals: This budget was established to carry out pre-design work and complete the Request for Proposal procurement process for the development of a multi-family apartment building at 338-340 Banff Ave.  

 Current Status: The scope was expanded to include 342 Banff Ave as administration was successful in negotiating the purchase of that additional adjacent land parcel.   Pre-design activities undertaken included a site survey, geotechnical investigation, hazardous material (asbestos) testing, Environmental pre-screening for the project and legal work on the RFP and contract documents.  The EOI/RFP process was delayed by the global pandemic, but completed on budget in September 2020.  In October 2020, Council approved the Banff Ave apartment project.

Banff Avenue Apartment Housing

Project description & goals:

Construction of 33 price restricted, affordable for purchase units – designed to meet or exceed priorities of liveability, affordability, environmental performance, Banff Design Guidelines, ease of maintenance, construction, and operating costs.  Project to be self-funding through the sale of units - without the need for a tax subsidy.

Current Status: Following Council Approval in October 2020, the contract for the design build has been awarded to Studio North, with their lead consultant Lola Architecture.   The current focus is on regulatory approvals from Parks Canada and the Town of Banff Planning department and completing the design to allow construction to proceed next year.

The Aster 1
The Aster 2

342 Banff Avenue Land Purchase

Project description & goals:

The two parcels of land 338 and 340 Banff Avenue were purchased by the Banff Housing Corporation in December 2013 for the purpose of future for housing development.  With the inclusion of 342 Banff Avenue land the potential unit count would increase by up to 50% from 22 proposed units to 33.  Including this land parcel in the total land available for development would result in a higher net unit yield, and an economy of scale for build costs

Current Status:

Complete. The offer to purchase the 342 Banff Avenue land parcel in the amount of 1,300,000 for the purpose of adding additional affordable housing units to the current 338/340 Banff Avenue project was finalized in May 2020.

 Ti’nu Affordable Rental Housing Development 

Ti’nu on Coyote lane

Project description & goals:  Completed construction of 131 below-market rental units in Spring 2018 – designed to meet or exceed priorities of liveability, affordability, environmental performance, Banff Design Guidelines, ease of maintenance, construction and operating costs.  Project is self-funding - without the need for a tax subsidy.

Current Status: 

  • The complex has a vacancy rate of 1% for the first 2 years of operation.
  • Approximately 85 individuals or families on waitlist for all three sizes of apartments
  • Rents for all units are 10-15% below market rate.
  • Some differential movement in the sidewalk and roadway in front of the complex will be repaired in 2021.  Repairs can be carried out within the project budget.