I couldn't find any history about this building, but it looked like a government warehouse for the CVA. The CVA is the Central Vehicle Agency (of Saskatchewan.) It is still in operation today, but has clearly changed locations; leaving this beautiful warehouse abandoned. The CVA provides a full range of vehicle rental, leasing and fleet management services to government and other public sector organizations. It is not for the public; however vehicles are auctioned off (in house) to the public when the province is done with them. Typically after 13 years of service or 300 000 kms.
I found this place with a bit of research of aerial imagery, and decided to check it out in person. Despite it being right in town it looked like we were the first people actually inside the building since it closed, with only a bit of vandalism and graffiti on the outside walls and none on the inside, not even foot prints.
Our POE was a garage door window facing a rather busy street, (a bit sketchy for my liking) all the man doors were either locked or welded shut. Once we were in I was immediately fascinated by the large lumber rafters, odd to see in such a large building. The 40 000 square foot foundation was divided into quarters for the most part, mostly full of bays for vehicles.
In the west quarter was a mezzanine full of file cabinets and documents, mostly relating to vehicles. Most of the dates we could find on the documents were from the mid 2000's. Under the mezzanine housed storage/offices. There also was what looked to be a carwash bay near the stairs to the mezzanine.
There was a flooded boiler room on south wall bumping out from the main building with a few ladders and catwalks.
There was a check-in/entrance office was stationed right in the center of the building, and also served as the main entrance into the building.
In the east quarter resided offices, washrooms, meeting rooms, a break room, a shipping room, and an auction room.
There are 3 other abandoned out buildings, all without a POE unfortunately, and very much in view by commuters, I'm not sure if these 3 buildings are associated with the warehouse.
These photos are from my second trip there. Photos taken Jan 2017.
Enjoy the photos!
This photosphere was taken more or less in the middle of the building.
Sign at the main entrance.
The carwash bay, the stairs to the mezzanine in the background.
The mezzanine, the stairs are to the right, out of view.
One of several dead birds inside, oddly enough we couldn't find place large enough where they could have gotten in.
View from the mezzanine.
Under the mezzanine.
Another entrance in to the building is inside that small room, I think this was a storage room of some sort.
The beautiful boiler room, which is flooded in about 2ft of water, and currently frozen
The rear of the boiler.
Well at least the warned us.
Where the duct work exits the boiler room, note the ladder and catwalks in the rafters.
Looking down from the catwalk. Amazing to see the size of the lumber up close.
The view from the catwalk.
The view from the catwalk.
Check-in office/main entrance.
Another view of the check-in office. The main entrance is on the left, you can barely see the sign from photo 1 through the door.
A small office on the left.
Wooden load bearing dividers, with exhaust hoses.
Exhaust ducts that vent to the roof.
The beautiful ceiling.
A picture says a thousand words.
Every location needs a washroom photo.
Inside the small office (as mentioned in photo 17.)
The shipping area.
Inside the shipping area.
Ramp for vehicles.
The auction room.
The east quarter had quite a bit of water damage.
Not sure what this room was for, but I think it was waiting room, as the auction room was nearby.
Stairway to the second floor.
Upstairs, looked like cubical offices were put here, also in great shape still.
Just across the hall (to the right of photo 32) more offices with bad water and mold damage, neat to see that just 10ft away is untouched from this damage.
Overall a good location with almost zero vandalism, not even broken windows. No fences, or security, but a bit difficult to enter, but once inside, it's a large location. Perfect for someone who's just visiting the city that smells like it sounds!