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**Correction – would like to correct a mistake at the beginning of this article.  The changes to the running track, will not delay the planned opening this October, 2010.  The grand opening was planned for the fall of 2009 and the City decided to push back the opening until this year.  The following article has been modified from the original version.

The Enerplex continues to move forward with the grand opening scheduled for October.

Work is still being completed on the running track in order to fix building code requirements.

The building code requires a certain number of exits for this type of track and the distance that someone at any point on the track would have to travel to reach an exit, says David Wilkinson, an associate principal of Cannon Design, the company acting as a project representative on behalf of the city.

The city has taken over occupancy of the first and second floors of the complex but it is not taking over occupancy or ownership of the third floor until it is found to be up to code, says City Manager Dianne Hunter.

The City hired a joint venture firm to design and construct the building at a set cost.

The project was a design build, which Hunter says is quite common for municipalities to undertake.

In having a ‘design build’ facility, the City gives specifications as to what it requires – in terms of function – and the design and construction of the building is done entirely by an outside firm.

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This process means that the City does not have to take ownership of the building until it has been completed to its standards, ensuring that any extra costs are taken on by the outside firm and not by the City.

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She says the City chose to develop the parking lot and surrounding grounds itself since it was able to get government grants for those specific parts of the project.

A further problem the city has encountered – especially after Thursday’s significant amount of rain – is that the roof leaks in certain places.

Wilkinson says that the leaks will have to be fixed before the City takes over complete ownership of the building.

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One problem with this type of build, says Hunter, is in completion time, which is why the official opening has been delayed.

However, she adds that the city is not losing operational revenue from the track since it was originally designed to be a free amenity for residents.

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