CN Training Center

Location: Homewood, Illinois
Client: Canadian National Railway

Krusinski Construction Company completed the development of a U.S. Operations Training Center for CN Railway on a 5.4-acre site in Homewood, Illinois.  The location in the Chicago area is the largest freight hub in North America and  suburban Homewood is home to CN’s U. S. headquarters.  This state-of-the-art 2-story training center estimates that it will host up to 250 CN students across the United States every week providing hands-on training for all key railway positions.  The facility is located adjacent to the locomotive repair center and was constructed over an old railroad turntable and roundhouse.  The center provides CN with a space to continue to instill a strong safety culture amongst new hires and reinforce it across current employees who are learning new skills or upgrading existing capabilities.  Employees will receive training in learning laboratories with equipment such as locomotive simulators and dispatcher stations.  The site boasts 14 classrooms, two learning labs and a 10-acre field training facility.  The training programs range anywhere from three to 24 weeks and will allow CN employees to earn proper certification. 

After completing the training center, KCC renovated an existing 75,183 square-foot office space and supplemented the facility with a 19,914 square-foot addition. The building consists of  increased office space and a new, larger rail data center. The 215 stall parking lot also received a 73 stall expansion.

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries — serves the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.