Who will pay $855K bill to patch up the TCC?
In the photo: Jeff Putnam, Kamloops’ parks and civic-facilities manager, said the city is in the process of completing detailed design work on the repairs to the Tournament Capital Centre.
A fix for the Tournament Capital Centre’s perennial leaks will arrive this spring, but it won’t be clear who is picking up the bill until work on the facility is complete.
Jeff Putnam, Kamloops’ parks and civic-facilities manager, said the city is in the process of completing detailed design work on the repairs to the centre on McGill Road.
The TCC has had a leaking problem since it opened in 2007. Early on, the leaks were small and appeared mainly in the upper concourse, in an area near the gym.
The city eventually determined the building is missing vapour barriers in some of its walls.
Without the barriers, condensation is forming inside the walls and dripping into the building.
The city has estimated it will cost about $855,000 to fix the problem.
Putnam said the city considered beginning work over the winter, but found it would be cost-prohibitive.
“It’s been way too cold to start this winter,” he said.
“It would have cost us an extra $80,000 if we started over the winter months.”
Repairs will instead begin in either late March or early April, with a completion date in late May.
Once work is complete and the final cost of repairs is known, the city will forward the final tally to Stantec Architecture and D & T Developments, the TCC’s original architect and contractor, “seeking their financial participation,” said Jeff Locke, a lawyer with Fulton and Co. representing the city.
Both Putnam and Locke indicated discussions with the two companies about picking up the repair bill have gone well so far.
“Neither party has said no,” Locke said.
“Both parties have been co-operative.”