Arena 1 Demolition:
The demolition of Arena 1 is complete. Crews have begun civil works and are preparing the site for construction of the new parking lot. Construction of the new vestibule for Arena 2 has also started.
Crews poured the concrete slab for the arena floor on Monday; it was completed in one continuous pour that took over twelve hours. The wood ceiling is complete, including the painting of trusses, installation of ceiling fans, ceiling lighting, and installation of ceiling mounted speakers. Glass installation is ongoing for interior and exterior windows and automated glass doors. Electrical, plumbing, mechanical and refrigeration equipment installation continues. Radiant heaters have been installed and the sprinkler system is complete. Crews have started installing the elevator. Interior work is proceeding with painting and drywall continuing.
Schedule and Budget:
The project continues to be on schedule for completion by September 2017 and on budget for $20.6 million. This project is a joint initiative of the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) and City of Quesnel under the CRD’s North Cariboo Recreation and Parks function.
In preparation for the opening of the new arena, the City is undertaking a series of paving and infrastructure projects around the arenas. Crews are currently working in the lane that runs past the Seniors’ Centre and Arena 2 and the connecting parking lot between the United Church and the Legion. A new sidewalk has been installed alongside Arena 2 and the parking lot between the United Church and the Legion. The laneway from Carson Ave to Barlow Ave is being prepared for paving. Work in the area will continue through the spring and summer as crews move onto similar paving and infrastructure projects in the area, including Barlow Ave, Vaughn St, and Callanan St.
With High School Graduation ceremonies taking place in LeBourdais Park on Friday, June 23, everyone is reminded to allow sufficient time to park and walk to the event site if you are attending an event in the area. People are encouraged to car pool or use alternate transportation like transit, walking, or cycling where practical and available. Drivers are encouraged to drop passengers off, particularly those with mobility issues, prior to parking. There are a number of public parking lots within walking distance of Arena 2 and LeBourdais Park (see attached map Parking Lot Locations Grad 2017 here).
Time is running out if you want to sponsor a seat or be a part of the mural project before the facility opens. In order to ensure your donation is recognized when the facility opens in September, donations must be made by June 30. If you haven’t sponsored a seat or made a donation to the project, contact the fundraising coordinator by email at: email@example.com.
The Official Opening of the West Fraser Centre is planned for the weekend of September 16 & 17. Planning for the event is underway.