The Multi-Use Facility Expansion project at Kal Tire Place
A list of features that were contractually required in the Design Build Operate and Maintain Agreement with the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) have all been included in the design. In addition, the design includes enhanced features that the public and user groups brought forward during the referendum process including additional dressing rooms, an additional storage area, a secondary lease space and an expanded transitional space between the existing Kal Tire Place and the new facility.
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 this May.
“It’s great to see the official beginning of construction for this project,” said Mayor Akbal Mund. “The new state-of-the-art facility will provide the community and user groups like Greater Vernon Minor Hockey a home they can be proud of.”
“Vernon has established a reputation for hosting various sporting events and the new twin facility will enhance that ability,” said Juliette Cunningham, Vernon Councillor and GVAC Chair.
“Supporting an active and healthy community is something we are strongly committed to,” said Kal Tire president Robert Foord.
“Kal Tire has been part of Vernon for over 60 years and we are pleased to be able to provide our long-term support to this community.”
Excavation work is currently being done. The project is planned to be a 62 week build with a targeted opening date of September 1, 2018.
During construction, the lane on the west side of the facility will be closed to public traffic. Users are encouraged to use the entrance and lane on the east side of the building. The new parking lot on the south end of the building is nearing completion and should be open for public use in May.
The project has a fixed budget price of $13,000,000 and throughout the design process a Quantity Surveyor has been utilized to ensure the designed building can be completed on budget.
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).