The G.H. Dawe Community Centre construction site is busy with trades working extra hard to get to completion and bring the expanded facility dream to life. The project team would like to thank all consultants, construction managers and trades partners who have worked tirelessly, extended hours, extra weekends and over the holidays to keep the project moving forward and adhere to the overall schedule. As with all construction projects it seems there are always some challenges near the end, but the teams have worked well to mitigate risks and impacts, which has not gone unnoticed. Every day significant changes take place within the facility, each day bringing the vision together.
The outside façade of the building will be completed this month. Window frames are being completed and crews continue to work on the white cladding wall front and they will install all of the roof caps once the wall white cladding is complete. They are also working on the soffit under the main cantilever and front entrance. There are a few more planter walls and sections of concrete to be poured in the front plaza space. The planters will be filled with landscaping once spring arrives; we can’t wait for the plaza entry to be fully showcased this spring. Signage on both the east and west sides of the building will be installed this month. The almost finished signage is looking great and hope it has catches your eye as you drive by.
On the inside of the facility – every day marks significant changes. The block walls are completed apart from a few touch-up spots, and framing and drywall are 95% complete within the facility. The second floor now showcases an incredible public art piece that as you run around the track will take you on a journey of seasons. When you look up from the north arena at the running track you can also see this spectacular public art piece. Our second floor millwork desk is installed and flooring is 75% complete. The hardwood flooring in the fitness studios is absolutely beautiful and will be so functional for upcoming group fitness classes. Completion of the running track flooring is close and the majority of the rubber flooring in the fitness equipment areas has been installed. For the most part the second floor is painted just needing a few touch-ups. Mechanical and electrical crews are finishing final rough-ins and will be working on completing the final fixture installations. Mirrors have arrived and are being mounted on site. By the end of the month all the fitness equipment will be set up in the new space, along with TV’s and other furnishings. Currently, the new elevator is being installed and will be operating by the middle of this month.
On the main floor, the south arena has taken shape, the dasher boards, glass and bleachers are installed, our speakers and lights are up and the sound panelling is complete. Crews are working to get the space cleaned up and ready to commission the ice plant and start the process of drawing down the slabs. Netting and score clocks still need to be installed, it is really coming together. The large glazing to the south rink from the main reception desk and into the existing facility is absolutely incredible, users will love the open feel of this space.
The north arena is 99% finish painted and final touch-ups are happening on site currently. They are working on the sound panelling within the space and are 80% complete. Crews will be working this week to pour the north arena bleachers so that benches can be installed by the end of the month. They are also working on installing the low E ceiling which will be followed by lighting within the space. By the middle of this month the dasher boards for the north rink will go in, followed by the netting and score clocks. Again, this is such a bright and open space that we are excited for everyone to see!
We are nearing the completion line, we have a mass of trades working hard to turnover a quality-built project that all citizens of Red Deer can enjoy. There is a big push to the finish line and we are confident that with CANA’s management and our hardworking trades we will be ready to showcase the facility to our community very soon. Stay tuned for details on when the public will be invited to rediscover the newly expanded G.H. Dawe Community Centre.