Centrium project delayed, costs rises

The Centrium expansion project has been delayed and the costs are rising.

The Centrium expansion project has been delayed and the costs are rising.

The upgrades to the complex at Westerner Park had been pegged at $4.5 million but will now cost $5.5 million.

Chief executive officer and general manager John Harms said that the 13 luxury suites were supposed to be finished by the end of September, but that has now been pushed back by a month. A 40-seat club suite will also be added.

And the 1,000 seats added to the 6,000-seat centre were set to be done by the end of October but will now be done by the end of December.

The delay came when improvements were made to the structural design and the mechanical systems were upgraded, to help with air flow in the expansion area.

“We are disappointed in the delay,” said Harms.

“But following a more thorough review, we determined the changes needed to be made to the original design to ensure an enjoyable guest experience.”

Earlier this summer, it as announced the project was a little behind schedule. Construction began in mid-April.

Westerner Park will borrow the additional $1 million from the bank and repay it through operations, Harms said.

The higher price tag was due to changes in scope, design improvements and complexities of the renovation project, said Harms.

The delays will have no impact on the Rebels Western Hockey League season or on any entertainers coming to the venue, said Harms.

Luxury suite owners will be provided with alternate seats, plus their bill for renting the suite will be reduced.

Substantial progress has been made already.

A new kitchen has been completed on the lower level, an elevator shaft was installed in the lobby, and the new washrooms in the Parkland Pavilion are done.

Through the efforts of contractor Timcon Construction and Westerner Park staff, the ice was put back in and was ready for the Rebels’ season opener on Friday.

“The Rebels Hockey Club has been very supportive and we have worked closely with the team throughout this extensive project,” said Harms.

A grand opening to mark the expansion is set for January.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

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