The city’s recent $13.5-million Canada Games Aquatic Centre upgrade project came in $200,000 under budget. On Monday (June 21), the city’s capital projects manager, Darren Crundwell, told the city’s civic operations committee about the savings and credited a new delivery model, which he said also kept the project on schedule, beginning and finishing slightly earlier than anticipated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project involved replacing the building envelope, installing new mechanical, electrical and HVAC systems, upgrading change rooms and creating a new hot tub area and entrance, among other improvements.
Crundwell said as a result of the project coming in under budget, the city reinvested the savings into “wish list” items, including a new scoreboard, new bleachers and more efficient boilers.
“Things that were nice things to do should we find efficiencies during construction,” he said.
Meanwhile, the city may also be looking at upgrades to Brocklehurst Arena.
The city’s civic operations director, Jen Fretz, told the committee on Monday that staff were looking at grant funding to move and upgrade the ice plant, increase accessibility of dressing rooms and repair the building envelope.
Fretz called it a “fairly significant project” and said the project would come to council at a later date.