It was good news/bad news for the Bracerbidge councillors regarding the new arena and library complex.
Today, the Muskoka Lumber Community Centre project team presented an update on the facility to General Committee. Construction is progressing on schedule and is 67% complete, with the building slated to open in the summer 2024. During the winter and spring months ahead, construction will focus on the interior of the facility, including the installation of the HVAC and arena refrigeration plants, completing flooring, millwork, arena seating, lighting, signage and painting.
Today, staff requested a 3.98% increase to the project budget, totaling $2.9 million dollars, for the redesign and construction of the stormwater management pond and to manage any unforeseen contingencies to see the remainder of the project through to completion.
This past summer, project contractors determined that plans for the projected wet stormwater management pond could not be completed as initially designed due to evidence of high groundwater and unstable soils that had not been present during site testing or construction activities completed to-date. Accordingly, the plans must be updated to accommodate a dry stormwater management pond, which requires a quality structure that provides adequate total suspended solids removal. Most of the stormwater management pond has already been constructed, so additional components will be added to incorporate this change in design.
Mayor Rick Maloney said the project is now approaching the finish line.
“In every sense of the word this project has gone as smoothly as a project of this magnitude could go,” said Maloney.
Treasurer Paul Judson said the town will likely use additional town reserves to fund the cost or some might be borrowed at budget time.
A final decision on the project budget increase for the completion of the Muskoka Lumber Community Centre will be reviewed at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, December 13.
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