City of Calgary Selects Stertil-Koni Lifts for New Maintenance Facility

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Heavy duty bus lift and truck lift supplier Stertil-Koni announced that the City of Calgary, located in the province Alberta, Canada, has selected the company’s vehicle lifting systems for its new Stoney Transit Facility bus storage and maintenance structure.

At 476,841 sq. feet, the building is said to be the largest indoor compressed natural gas (CNG) complex in North America and one of the largest in the world.

Driving the demand for the super structure were three key factors:

  1. The need for more bus storage, as Calgary phases out its diesel engine buses and adds an additional 150 CNG-powered buses and ultimately expands its total number of buses to more than 2,000 over the next 30 years
  2. Technologically advanced infrastructure and equipment to support cleaner-burning CNG buses
  3. Expanded service and repair infrastructure to support the anticipated addition of 1,000 buses to the City of Calgary’s fleet.

Construction on the facility began in the fall of 2016 with a grand opening in March 2019. The $174 million complex has 83 garage doors, 36 service bays, and 25 technicians capable of handling up to 470 transit buses. The expansive shop houses two cleaning bays, diesel and CNG fueling, storage for a growing transit fleet, as well as administrative office space.

In terms of daily operations — ranging from mechanical work, repair and service, as well as the cleaning and fueling of transit vehicles — the facility is open 24/7.

Helping to make the new project happen was Stertil-Koni distributor Westvac Industrial. Stertil-Koni lifting systems provided to the Stoney Transit Facility by Westvac Industrial included:

  • 17 in-ground Stertil-Koni Ecolift 60 models, each with two scissors for a total lifting capacity of 60,000 lbs. per lift;
  • 15 in-ground Stertil-Koni Ecolift 90 models, each with three scissors for a total lifting capacity of 90,000 lbs. each;
  • Two Washbay platform Skylift models, each with a lifting capacity of 62,400 lbs.; and
  • 10 Wireless Mobile Column Lifts, each with a lifting capacity of 18,500 lbs. per column.
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