Municipal Hall / Fire Hall No. 1 upgrades
Construction to complete seismic upgrades has continued at Municipal Hall and Fire Hall No. 1 with crews following safety procedures for COVID-19. These two projects will help ensure that District staff, including first responders, are able to continue to serve residents after a seismic event.
Fire Hall upgrades complete
The Fire Hall upgrades are substantially complete, and the Fire Hall is fully operational.
Municipal Hall upgrades – what to expect
July to August 2020
Seismic upgrade work continues at Municipal Hall. Concrete drilling is taking place inside the building, and it may be heard from outside the building from time-to-time. Work is progressing up the floors of the building and as it goes higher the noise may become more noticeable from outside.
The District is making significant efforts to expedite this process and take advantage of the necessity of having some staff work from home. However, there continues to be uncertainty on the availability of trades. At this time, we expect the noise will continue intermittently until the end of August.
July to October 2020
As the excavation work is completed, underpinning and footing upgrades will begin. This work will be limited to the interior basement of the building and we do not anticipate construction noise will be heard outside the building. During this time, residents will notice concrete trucks periodically, as they approach up 17th Street and turn right into the Municipal Hall parking lot. Traffic control personnel will be onsite to direct traffic.
October 2020 to February 2021
While basement work is underway, demolition work will begin on the second and third floors, including the replacement of exterior windows. At the same time, structural steel and concrete upgrades will begin in the basement and work up to the third floor.
The structural work will produce intermittent but significant construction noise. When it occurs at the same time as window removal, residents can expect to notice sounds of jack-hammering and concrete drilling.
Once this work is complete, the north-west corner of the building will be re-constructed.
When complete, the structural upgrades will bring Municipal Hall up to Building Code standards and the envelope and systems upgrades will provide energy efficiencies that meet the District’s climate goals by significantly reducing carbon emissions in municipal operations.