Approximately a dozen buildings have
been constructed in this area over the past 100 years including
the 1903 Machine Shop, the Engineering Building (c. 1960), the 1920
Electrical Repair Shop, the Boiler Shop (c. 1945), and the George
Beaton Machine Shop constructed in 1959. The latter three buildings
were demolished in 2001 following a thorough environmental and utilities
Prior to the construction of the Boiler Shop, an ambulance garage
and the line gang’s electric storage building stood in that
location. Another garage, later used for the ambulance, was situated
to the east of the Machine Shop, along with Mechanical Offices and
the Riggers Shop. The construction and removal dates for these buildings
can be found in Table D-1 in Appendix D.
The Engineering Building, which originally incorporated a Carpenter
and Pattern Shop, remains on the site today, along with the water
stand pipe and two small ancillary buildings. The water stand pipe
is used to store water from the Sydney River water supply. Underground
sewer lines cross this parcel of land.
The Engineering Building is constructed of a combination of reinforced
concrete, steel, glass and wood frame. The interior of the building
consists of offices and document storage. The floors are constructed
of potential asbestos containing floor covering. The walls are constructed
of plaster partitions and the ceiling has drop-ceiling tiles. A
concrete vault is located in the building and is currently used
for document storage. Some of the ceiling tiles are stained indicating
previous water leakage in the building.
Several railway tracks are located throughout this area and many
have been abandoned and covered with slag. Environmental issues
of concern associated with the rail tracks include creosote rail
ties and potential contaminated soil under and adjacent to the tracks.
In the past, used oil was often used for dust suppression on roadways
on the steel plant property. The majority of open space in this
area is covered with granular materials. Stormwater catchbasins
are located throughout the area, presenting the possibility of siltation
and sediment impacts to receiving waters.