Budget increased for Centrium expansion

  • Sep. 26, 2012 2:55 p.m.

The ENMAX Centrium expansion continues, however the original projected completion date at the end of October has been extended and the budget has been increased by $1 million.

Reasons for the delayed completion resulted from improvements to the new structural design and a complete upgrade to the originally planned mechanical systems to improve airflow and ensure the comfort of the guests occupying the expansion area, officials have said.

“We are disappointed in the delay,” said John Harms, chief executive officer and general manager at Westerner Park. “But following a thorough review, we determined the changes needed to be made to the original design to ensure an enjoyable guest experience.”

Progress has been made, crane and concrete work is completed, the new kitchen construction has been completed on the lower level, the elevator shaft has been installed in the lobby, and the new washrooms in the Parkland Pavilion are also complete. Through the efforts of the contractor and Westerner Park staff, the ice was back in and ready for the season opener on Sept. 21st.

“The Rebels Hockey Club has been very supportive and we have worked closely with the team throughout this extensive project,” said Harms. “In addition, Westerner Park is speaking with tenants of the new suites, to make alternate arrangements for the interim.”

The upgrade includes 13 more luxury suites, a 40-seat club suite and an additional 1,000 seats added to the 6,000-seat facility. The expansion will have significant economic impact on Central Alberta in attracting national and international events to Westerner Park, officials say.

Construction on the new seats is planned to be completed by the end of October and the new suites completed by mid-December. While the renovations have taken longer than anticipated, the staff of Westerner Park is excited to see final results and is confident that visitors to the Centrium will be thrilled with the renovations, once completed. A celebration of the grand opening of the expanded Centrium is planned for January.

As a result of the changes in scope, design improvements and the complexities of this immense renovation project, Westerner Park has increased the overall budget by $1 million, for a total project cost of $5.5 million. Westerner Park will be self- financing this increase and will not be seeking additional funding from its partners for this project.

– Fawcett

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