The Edmonton Project
The urban gondola was born from The Edmonton Project — a city-wide brainstorming competition. The business community pledged to move forward with whichever idea won but had no say in the winner. The urban gondola won The Edmonton Project in March 2018.
What We Have Done
The urban gondola wins The Edmonton Project initiative.
The Edmonton Transit Advisory Board publishes the Urban Gondola Report, supporting the urban gondolas.
Working group with stakeholders is formed.
Prairie Sky is included on the City’s Urban Planning Committee agenda. SCJ Alliance is retained to publish a third-party Preliminary Economic and Technical Assessment (PETA).
12 shareholders incorporate Prairie Sky Gondola Inc.
With the PETA complete, and the outcome favourable, the project is again brought to the Urban Planning Committee.
A motion is carried by City Council, setting the stage for how Prairie Sky and the City can work together within the parameters of 6 mutually agreed to principles. With this decided, Prairie sky enters Phase Two of project development.
Consultants are retained to advance technical project development:
Specialty technical investigations for environmental management, geotechnical engineering and climatic engineering are undertaken.
Concept reports for the mechanical and electrical scope of work within the stations are prepared by Williams Engineering Canada.
DIALOG led the team tasked with developing concept station and tower designs overlaid on Dopplemayr’s preliminary technical requirements.
EllisDon conducted preliminary constructability, schedule, and budget analysis.
Public engagement, including preliminary surveys, letters of support and Prairie Sky Power Plant Tours was initiated.
The comprehensive business case is complete which supported further investment by the shareholders.
Master Agreement Framework with the City of Edmonton is successfully negotiated and lease negotiations commence.
Steer Group is selected to review comprehensive business case and develop ridership projections. Huberman Transportation Consultants is selected to develop a transportation impact assessment and support defining mutually beneficial integration with Edmonton Transit.
PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC) is retained as the financial advisor.
Where We’re Going
At the end of Phase Three of project development, Prairie Sky will have a fully approved and shovel-ready project. The core tasks are:
Begin robust public and Indigenous engagement
Finalize project development plan, including:
Final station locations
Final tower locations and height
Final station and tower design architecture
Final station programming
Final cabin options
Finalize details of pedestrian connectivity and public realm improvements
Undertake all required studies and assessments
Complete rezoning for all station and tower locations
Secure all required permits and approvals at all levels of government
Finalize operational and emergency response plans
Procure the construction work