JOHN ROBBINS/Bullet News
FORT ERIE – The $150-million Canadian Motor Speedway project in Fort Erie has announced a new partner.
Project officials on Thursday announced a “strategic partnership” with Aecon Group Inc., one of Canada’s largest publicly traded construction companies.
Azhar Mohammad, speedway executive director, and Aecon’s chief operating officer, Teri McKibbon, said the collabboration comes as a result of Aecon’s ongoing support and involvement with CMS since early 2010.
“We look forward to working with Aecon as a partner, to ensure our development is built to the highest standards,” said Mr. Mohammad.
Aecon will serve as the project’s construction manager. The company will see the entire 820 acre development by providing the CMS Investor Group with identification and qualification of local construction resources, administration of construction program activities, and management of contractors.
“We are thrilled to be working with Canadian Motor Speedway and pleased to bring our expertise to the development of this world class race track,” McKibbon said in a press release.
“The Canadian Motor Speedway has always aligned itself with organizations that are best of class. Aecon is clearly the right strategic partner for us, and under Chairman John Beck’s leadership will deliver the leading edge technology, passion, and experience we need to construct a world class facility,” stated CMS Chief Executive Officer Ibrahim Abou Taleb.
The proposed Canadian Motor Speedway project complex includes:
- 1.0 mile paved motor speedway oval and spectator grandstand (65,000 seating capacity) with support facilities in the infield such as truck and RV parking, garages, first aid stations, fuel handling area, media centre, fan walk, maintenance and emergency command centre;
- 2.5 mile paved motor speedway road course with support facilities;
- a motocross/BMX /snow mobile/rental kart centre speedway course located within the road course area;
- 75,000 square feet ancillary commercial component supporting the Speedway;
- 185 acres for a parking and camping area along the southwest corner of Gilmore and Laur Road and along the lands south of Bowen Road, west of Laur Road;
- 31.1 acre “Innovation and Centre of Excellence”- post secondary educational and professional facilities related to the research and development of automotive technology and manufacturing and assembly of prototype products associated with the Centre;
- 170 acres of natural features;
- 51.3 acres for storm water management facilities.