Steel delay stalls Renfrew project

·2 min read

Renfrew – Construction on the $16.2 million expansion of the Ma-Te-Way Activity Centre has been delayed until at least February 2022.

In a report to town council last week, Recreation Director Kevin Hill said the delay is a result of the manufacturer’s recommendation to use steel trusses for the new centre as opposed to the original concept of using steel beams.

“The supplier told us the use of open web-joists would not be delivered until June,” Mr. Hill informed council. “That is why our team is meeting to go over the original plans and make the switch from beams to trusses. The manufacturer that we are in contact with wanted to make us aware of the June date based on the original drawings we submitted.”

The Ma-te-Way Activity Centre Expansion is a 76, 500 ft2 facility to be adjoined to the current arena in Ma-te-Way Park. The expansion includes an Indigenous Cultural Centre, an NHL-sized ice surface, an elevated walking track, fitness centre, regulation sized gymnasium and more.

It is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the town in recent history and like several construction projects across Canada, the after affects of the COVID pandemic has caused an international supply chain shortage in practically every sector, especially the construction industry.

Mr. Hill was answering a question from Councillor Arlene Jamieson in relation to the steel being used and expected delivery date. He summed it up to one major cause.

“This steel is the big factor for us in terms of cost and delivery and once we have redesigned the plans, we will be coming back to council with a revised costs budget and seeking permission for a revised schedule,” he said.

At the beginning of his report he informed council five of the seven tenders for Phase One of the project have signed contracts and are ready to proceed. He also updated council on the contentious issue of moving the tennis courts to a new location to allow the space for the new Indigenous Centre. The demolition of the existing courts was underway and expected to be completed within the next week.

Council approved the oral report and directed Mr. Hill to proceed on the project.

Bruce McIntyre, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting