Facilities Plan identifies maintenance to Arena, Cultural Centre, among others

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City Council took a first look at what is expected to eventually become the City’s facilities plan for 2016 yesterday.

The plan consists of two sections: Facility Master Plan, and Facility Condition Audits.

In 2014, Cornerstone Consultant made a variety of recommendations to the City. Following these suggestions, city staff plan on working on the recommendations made regarding the RCMP detachment’s building, City Hall, Public Works, and Community Services.

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The City was recommended to address two issues with City Hall: floor plan security issues, and lack of room for expansion and additional staff.

Grounds Manager Craig Stanley said the staff problem was remedied by identifying space to lease for one of the departments. He says they will start City Hall renovations is scheduled for 2017, and $750,000 has been allocated for 2017.

To address the issues with Public Works, where Cornerstone recommended the City remedy ventilation issues to begin in 2016, and expand to build more office and vehicle space and the construction of a cold storage facility to protect equipment stored outside, which has $390,000 allocated and will begin in 2017.

Stanley said they are planning on adding more members to the team as well.

Finally, Community Services will see the demolition of the old fire hall number one, and construct new office building to house community services and grounds personnel. Stanley said they will also renovate vehicle bays to allow for grounds department use, and $200,000 has been allocated to demolish old offices in 2017.

The City hired IRC Building Sciences Group to assess and inspect the North Peace Arena, Curling Rink, Kids Arena Field House, and Cultural Centre.

“All these facilities are 40 plus years old, and undergone varying stages of renovations and refitting,” said Stanley.

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These assessments were completed in July, and delivered their report in September. Each facility was assessed on building envelope, structural, mechanical, electrical, life and safety, and landscaping.

All of the recommendations online in the administrative report are scheduled for 2016.

The facilities plan calls for the North Peace Arena to receive $250,000 worth of HVAC and heater upgrades, and increase contracted services for maintenance $50,000.

$180,000 would be awarded to complete ventilation and other capital upgrades to the Kids Arena Field House. It would also see increase contracted services for maintenance, in the amount of $50,000.

The Fort St. John Curling Rink would receive mechanical systems capital upgrades – namely refrigeration components and furnaces – for $200,000 in 2016. $50,000 in increase contracted services for maintenance are also set up for the Curling Rink.

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The North Peace Cultural Centre would receive $500,000 mechanical and other upgrades.

When asked about plans for the gymnastics facility, General Manager of Community Services Wally Ferris said the facility was planned to receive an audit.

Unfortunately, the fire burned most of the facility before the consultants came to make their assessment. He says they are still waiting on a report from their insurance company to see what can be done.

This plan is pending a final stamp of approval at Council’s next meeting, on Dec. 14, 2015.

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