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Why so salty? Structural deficiencies mean more spending on entrance to City Hall

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The work being done on the main entrance of City Hall will go on for a while longer and will cost more money.

Facilities Manager David Jackowski has submitted a report to Council outlining the need for $99,490.44 (plus HST) for structural repairs to the suspended slab at the main entrance of City Hall, plus the electrical realignment necessary to complete the work. City Councillors approved the recommendation at last night’s regular meeting.

The funds are in addition to the $134,900 already approved for Pronor Construction Ltd. to renovate the entrance. Pronor secured the original contract through a public tender process.

Photo credit: Stu Campaigne, Moose FM

According to the report, major structural deficiencies of the suspended slab at the entrance have been uncovered during the demolition phase of the project.

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Degradation has occurred due to meltwater with high concentrations of salt infiltrating the suspended slab. The new design will include a waterproof membrane which will prevent meltwater from doing damage, reads the report.

Because the necessary work will be performed directly above the main electrical room servicing City Hall, the equipment must be protected during the repair work and will require interruptions in power. This work will be performed outside regular business hours and according to Councillor Mark King, could take up to 11 weeks to complete.

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