Timcon awarded $7.2 M contract for new town hall

A $7.2-million contract has been awarded to build Sylvan Lake’s new town hall.

A $7.2-million contract has been awarded to build Sylvan Lake’s new town hall.

Timcon Construction 1988 Ltd. submitted the winning bid on the project to build the two-storey building to replace cramped quarters on 50th Avenue. The contract was awarded conditionally while town staff finalize a few remaining details.

Construction on the town hall is expected to begin next year. It will be built on the site of the former RCMP detachment, which moved into new quarters this past summer. Demolition on the old headquarters is expected to begin later this month. Details of that contract and the cost are still being worked out.

Mayor Susan Samson said construction on the town hall will likely begin in the spring.

Council had to do some pencil-sharpening when the first tenders came in. Just under $7 million was budgeted originally for the new building but the lowest of four tenders was $8.8 million.

Mayor Susan Samson said the building is expected to be a standout.

“The entire council recognizes the importance of providing a proper workspace for our employees and also providing the appropriate presence in a community of our size.”

Council voted in April to sell the existing town hall at fair market value. Early estimates pegged the value of the building at around $800,000.

Meanwhile, a raffle is being held to give a lucky winner the first opportunity to start demolishing the former RCMP building. Organized by the town and the Sylvan Lake and District Victims Service Unit, the tickets will be available until Nov. 25 at the town office, aquatic centre, RCMP detachment and 30 Minute Hit fitness centre. Tickets cost $2 or three for $5 and proceeds go to the victims service unit.