civic centre project is on time, on budget - Feb. 20, 2013
A construction worker moves rebar at the future site of the forthcoming Garcelon Civic Center. The project is progressing on time and on budget.
Kathy Bockus/Vern Faulkner
The federal and provincial governments were slated to announce confirmation of $2 million in previously committed additional funding for the Garcelon Civic Center.
The announcement was scheduled for 1:30 p.m Tuesday., after the Courier’s deadline. However, an embargoed press release issued by the federal government confirmed the federal governments commitment to an additional $1 million in funding, with the provincial government matching that sum.
The additional financial support was first divulged by the town in September, 2011. The announcement made today confirmed the net contribution of the federal and provincial governments will be $7.2 million each. The town of St. Stephen is contributing $5.2 million, of which more than $3 million comes from fundraising efforts that garnered support from businesses, service clubs, other municipalities and private donors
The investment will support professional and engineering fees, trade show space, the walking track, as well as the meeting and multi-purpose rooms, the press release stated.
Construction of the facility is progressing on time and on budget, according to John Ferguson, the town’s chief administrative officer.
“It is a very tight schedule with many contributing factors. To this date the project remains on time and on budget,” said Ferguson.
He said the winter weather has created challenges, but added that project managers E. A. Farren Limited make on-site recommendations regularly adjusting to various conditions with an approach to keep the project on time and on budget.
“We continue to monitor the progress adjusting when necessary,” said the CAO.
In a report presented to councillors last week, the projects managers outlined the scope of the work completed to date and the upcoming work scheduled. A list of the subcontractors on the project was also provided to council.
“It’s nice to note the number of subcontractors,” said Coun. Debbie MacDonald, chair of the town’s parks and recreation committee.
Among the local subcontractors are Seldon Smith and Sons Plumbing, Murphys Survey, R.E.M. Transport and Southwest Concrete.
In the report’s work progress section up to Jan. 31, it was noted the erection of the steel columns and roof deck for the hockey arena and mechanical area was completed, as was the completion of the exterior wall panels for the arena and three-quarters of the mechanical area.
The report also noted the pool pad, with drains, was completed and the formwork in place for the pool’s walls. Boarding-in had also begun for the pool and hockey arena areas.
Cold windy weather and the Christmas holidays cut short work in December. According to the report, work was conducted for about two weeks that month, resuming Jan. 7.
The next steps according to the work report are the pouring of concrete for the therapeutic and leisure pool and the main pool floor.