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.
Fourteen months into the construction phase, the Kal Tire Place - North project is still, on time and on budget.
A major milestone was reached on July 9, when the concrete slab was poured (Click to see PDF of pictures). A crew of 35 workers from Reward Construction Ltd worked throughout the day and evening to complete the slab. Sealer was applied to the slab and then it was covered with water to
help keep it cool and help it cure. The five inch slab covers 15.5 kilometres of brine lines that carry the brine that will eventually chill the slab and make ice. There is a required 37 day waiting period while the slab cures before the concrete’s temperature can be reduced.
The tile sport flooring installation is underway and has been installed in the dressing rooms.
The flooring for the transition area is scheduled to be installed the week of July 16. Painting continues throughout the facility including door trims and railings. The score clock, sponsored by Coca Cola, has been installed. The bleacher seats and arena dasher boards have arrived in Vancouver and will soon be shipped to the site. (Click to see PDF of Pictures)
The City of Vernon and Kal Tire unveiled the name of the new expansion at Kal Tire Place today. 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.
The City of Vernon has reached agreements with two businesses to occupy the lease spaces in Kal Tire Place North. Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy and the Training House (formerly Excel Fitness) will move into the two spaces and open their doors for business in the fall 2018.The lower lease space that will be occupied by Pursuit of Excellence is 1820 ft2and the upper lease space that will be occupied by the Training House is approximately 3,350 ft2. Both spaces are located on the north end of the facility. The facility is currently under construction and is scheduled to open on September 1, 2018.
The facility is also home to the Greater Vernon Minor Hockey Association who will have free use of a 600 ft2 office space and 400 ft2 storage area within the facility. GVMHA made a $25,000 donation to the project.
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).