Following a positive referendum to replace the Civic arena on November 28, 2015, the City of Vernon began the next steps in the design and construction of a twin facility at Kal Tire Place. The City is responsible for the project and operation of the facility through the Design, Build, Maintain and Operate Agreement with the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO).
The City was committed to provide the public and user groups ample opportunity to be involved in the design process through open houses, workshops and input sessions. The design work was 12 months followed by 21 months of construction for a total of 33 – months to complete the project. The new Kal Tire Place North facility will open in the Fall of 2018.
VVI Construction Ltd. of Kelowna was the successful bidder on the project. The project is on schedule and on budget. Members of City of Vernon Council, Greater Vernon Advisory Committee, MQN Architects, VVI Construction and Kal Tire attended an official sod turning event on Monday, April 24, 2017. As part of the sod turning event Kal Tire announced their commitment to extend and expand its sponsorship of Kal Tire Place and the new twin facility for an additional ten years until August 2027; the original four-year sponsorship agreement was set to expire May 2018.
The City of Vernon and Kal Tire unveiled the name of the new expansion at Kal Tire Place on May 4, 2018 . The new facility will be called Kal Tire Place North. Jamie Shillingford, Kal Tire Marketing Merchandising Coordinator joined officials from the City of Vernon, the Regional District of North Okanagan, the District of Coldstream and MQN Architects to see the installation of the new signage.
File: 5800-0000 DECLASSIFICATION OF ‘DESIGN, BUILDING, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN AGREEMENT – MULTI USE FACILITY’
Vernon Council, at their Regular meeting held on December 14, 2015, passed the following resolution: “THAT Council declassifies and removes from In Camera the fully executed ‘Design, Build, Operate and Maintain Agreement – Multi-Use Facility Expansion’ between the City of Vernon and the Regional District of North Okanagan dated August 10, 2015, CARRIED.”