FORT NELSON, B.C. – The fire hall and public works building in Fort Nelson are expected to have a completely renewed concrete foundation by the end of the year.

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality had a structural assessment conducted in 2020, which identified that the building’s foundation needed to be replaced as it has significantly deteriorated.

The assessment was used to support a grant application for foundation, structural, electrical and mechanical restoration work on the building. The grant was approved for $1,797,000 to cover all the work needed, according to the NRRM. According to a February 14th report to council. The municipality believes the renewal work will add over 20 years of additional life to the facility.

A tender for the cement foundation work is expected this spring, with work to be completed in the 2022 construction season.

The remaining work inside the facility will be assessed with consideration to capacity needs, said the report.

“There are several efficiencies that can be expected by considering capacity upgrades along with the renewal work, as capacity enhancements are not addressed within the grant,” said the report.

Staff see the opportunity to restructure the facility’s interior during renewal work as structural walls, mezzanines, and rooms need to be removed and rebuilt to code.

The report outlines that significant space is needed in the fire hall for equipment, training, and personnel spaces, such as a kitchen and dorm. NRRM staff says all the spaces for public works are smaller than they should be for equipment and personnel spaces.

The report states options are being looked at to create space within the existing building, and potentially add additional equipment bay storage.

Staff will present a report to council on space options and cost estimates in the coming months. Once council approval is received, staff will move towards finalizing a design and project phasing plans.

The NRRM estimates internal work on the facility will begin in 2023.