Philip Davies led a team including Norm Hooper of Hooper Engineering, Darryl Anderson of Wave Point Consulting Ltd. and Aaron Licker of Licker Geospatial Consulting to conduct a study on the feasibility of developing an approximately 100-acre transportation/logistics park and intermodal hub within the City. The land use planning and development concept included potential logistics and transportation facilities as well as ancillary services such as storage, warehousing and trucking industry services. The development area was defined as any underutilized railway lands, City owned lands, or industrial property that could be made rail accessible within the City.
The scope of the project included assembly and analysis of road and rail data to develop a GIS-based inventory of current transportation infrastructure in the region; analysis of potential catchment areas for Cranbrook based logistics services; identification of regional transportation service providers and shippers; analysis of potential sites for development of logistics-related facilities; development of risk management and implementation strategies for the most promising options; and development of recommendations based on the extensive experience of the consulting team in logistics and industrial real estate development. The study made extensive use of GIS-based analysis and mapping to facilitate clear and understandable presentation of the study results.
Following the successful completion of this project, DTCI was engaged by the City of Cranbrook and Canadian Rockies International Airport to conduct the Cranbrook Airport Industrial Lands Analysis (2018). The project team was subsequently engaged for Wave Point Consulting-led Industrial Lands Value-Added Assessment study to provide advice on a development strategy for the 100 acre former Tembec mill site which was purchased by the City of Cranbrook in August 2018, as recommended by the DTCI team in the Logistics Hub Feasibility Study. This study was completed in July 2020.