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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Council will decide next week on a $1.07 million contract to fix the North Peace Arena roof.

Staff recommends the contract be awarded to C. Chandler Contracting Celtic Construction out of Dawson Creek.

The facility was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and stayed closed after a contractor discovered the roof trusses were out of alignment while conducting exterior cladding upgrades.

“The NPA roof trusses were out of alignment ranging from 9 – 12 inches, depending on the location being measured,” says the report.

No one has been allowed to enter the arena at the recommendation of a structural engineering firm.

“There have been issues with the roof trusses in the past. In the 1980’s some structural upgrades and bracing were installed to address a similar issue. In 1996, staff asked for a consultation on the building integrity from a structural engineer. At that time, the engineers concluded the building was safe for occupancy,” says the report.

The city says no funds were committed to this project in the 2021 Capital Budget as it was an unexpected event. However, it is recommended that unexpended funds be used for the project after two planned local area service projects were defeated by property owners.

“The planned construction schedule is very tight, but staff are making every effort to have the North Peace Arena open for the upcoming winter season, just in time for ice users.”

The project is expected to be completed by September if approved.

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