Weyburn Rec-Culture Centre is 65% completed

Weyburn’s city council was given an update on the construction of the Weyburn Recreation and Culture Centre (WRCC), with project estimated to be at 65 per cent completed as of Monday.

According to Leisure Services director Andrew Crowe, the project remains on time and on budget, with little to no delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, other than a delay for some items from suppliers. The facility is on track for opening in September of 2021, along with the Legacy Park Elementary School.

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Since the last update provided in March, a number of milestones have been achieved on the project, including the excavation and base work for the new outdoor rink, interior concrete slabs, masonry block wall inside and outside, the exterior wall panel, indoor synthetic floor base, and rough-ins for electrical equipment and mechanical equipment.

Crowe noted that the exterior metals are nearing completion, and coming up will be the exterior earth work, such as grading and rough landscaping; parking lot construction and paving (as shown in the photos above on Wednesday); exterior building closed in, interior mechanical, electrical and HVAC installations, interior framing and wall installations and interior windows and other finishes.

The update included a number of items that the City took out of the construction contract, specifically related to some of the features of the WRCC.

These include the board package for the new outdoor rink, which is out for tender; the indoor play and climb equipment, the multi-sport simulator; spectator bleachers (which have been purchased); score clocks (which have been purchased); the multi-purpose room equipment purchase; pottery studio equipment (purchased); art gallery equipment, office furniture and building maintenance equipment, all to be purchased; sound and security components, and other miscellaneous equipment.

• In other council business, council received the building department’s report for May, and were told the City issued eight building permits with a total construction value of $354,000.

The permits included three sun decks, two garden sheds, exterior renovations, basement development, and tenant improvements worth $300,000.

The City has issued 17 building permits so far this year, worth a total of $2,099,000, compared to 29 permits by this time a year ago, worth $46.6 million.

Two of those permits were for projects with a value over $20 million each, the new school and the WRCC. Taking these two projects out, the permits were worth $19.46 million.

The City has also received two applications so far this year under the Weyburn Builds program, and issued a total of $1,335 worth of grants for these two projects.