No one ever promised completion of the Credit Union CUPlex was going to be smooth.
There was good news and not so good news in the latest Credit Union CUPlex update from administration Monday. The good news was there were no delays to the timelines to the project.
Completion dates are fast approaching for three of the components. Late May remains the target for substantial completion of the theatre and aquatic centre, and July 7 remains the target for the curling rink. Oct. 15 remains the completion date for the aquatic centre.
So far, $12.6 million gross value of work has been done at the theatre, $17.3 million has been done at the aquatic centre, $6.1 million at the curling rink and $5.6 million at the field house.
As for the not-so-good news, there were several hiccups in the report filed by Keith Anderson dated May 10.
Anderson stated a local supplier had put a small lien on the theatre. But Monday night he told council he did a title search Friday and discovered there were actually four liens on the project.
Two of the liens were being removed this week, he said. Anderson described the other two as “tiny.”
As well, two change orders each on the theatre and the aquatic centre are in the “early stages of dispute,” according to Anderson’s report. Anderson added the change order disputes on the aquatic centre were old, dating back to 2010, and they were looking to resolve those by the time it opened.
Issues have also popped up with the field house portion of the project. Although there hasn’t been any legal paper work received by contractor Scott Builders, their steel erector has left the site due to bankruptcy, Anderson reported. Unfortunately a local supplier is affected, he noted.
Moreover, there is an emerging ground water issue on the court floor side of the field house building that will require installation of a dewatering system. In response to councillors questions on the issue, Anderson said the cost for dealing with it should be around $30,000.
In the meantime, work continues at the site. Six rows of seating have arrived for the theatre, reported Anderson, who noted it “looks more like a theatre than it ever has.” The theatre is a flurry of activity as contractors look to meet their May 28 substantial completion date.
Tiling and landscaping continues at the aquatic centre, and construction continued to move well at the curling rink and field house.
“Things are moving along and progressing as they should,” said Anderson.