The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) officially broke ground on a new building and five-acre training track September 6 at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA).

Construction of the 20,000 sq. ft. facility was announced January 2017 and, as well as the track, will include office space and a driving simulation trainer. “Having outgrown our current Edmonton office, we’re pleased with the progress we’re seeing at the Edmonton airport site so far,” said AMTA President Lorraine Card. “With its completion, this will be a world-class facility allowing for driver training in a safe, controlled environment. The proximity to the Edmonton International Airport also allows for easy access for trainees from not only Alberta, but across North America.

The groundbreaking event was attended by a number of AMTA Carriers and board members as well as Edmonton-South West MLA Thomas Dang, representing Minister of Transportation Brian Mason; Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety, Policy & Engineering for Alberta Transportation Shaun Hammond; EIA President and CEO Tom Ruth; and Spacemakers President Mike Meyer.

Spacemakers, the general contractor who was also behind construction of AMTA’s Calgary building, was named as the design-build contractor for the Edmonton building in March 2017.

“Spacemakers is very proud to be working with the AMTA on their new Edmonton International Airport project,” Meyer said. “As we embark on this journey, we together will build something remarkable for generations of world class transportation excellence.”

The facility is constructed on land on the northeast section of EIA between RedTail Landing Golf Course and 36 Street East. Dubbed the Alberta Aerotropolis the area is a partnership of the City of Leduc and Leduc County to “foster investment, development and job opportunities, while enhancing tourism and diversifying Alberta’s economy.”

“EIA is very excited to be collaborating with AMTA to bring this world-class facility into being,” said Myron Keehn, VP of Commercial Development with EIA, when the project was announced. “This is another part of the region’s aerotropolis and Port Alberta, and will support training, develop the logistics industry and enhance workforce diversification.”

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