Recommendations Made For Curling, Theatre Facilities
Renovation projects geared to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Grande Prairie Curling Club building and the Second Street Theatre were presented to the Community Development Committee today.
This spring, the City retained Stantec Architecture Ltd. to undertake a review of the two municipally owned facilities to identify renewal projects. The information contained in the report can be used by the City to prioritize and prepare capital budgets for the coming years for each site.
“It made sense to review these venues with a global perspective because they are technically one building and there are synergies to be realized,” says Kylee Haining, Manager of Community Recreation and Sport Development.
“There is the opportunity to explore taking surplus heat from the Curling Club, for example, and using it for the theatre. “As well, at some point, there could be a shared heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.”
Stantec and Haining had several meetings to develop a list of items that require attention at each facility.
At the Theatre, potential projects were identified for the short term including modifications to the existing circulation stair, increasing storage areas, as well as improvements to life safety devices such as adding sprinklers and fire detection/monitoring to the facility. Preliminary costs would be approximately $400-$500,000 if these initiatives proceed over the next few years.
A list of short-term projects for the Curling Club includes improving the existing kitchen exhaust system, repainting roof trusses, enhancing lighting, re-roofing portions of the facility, as well as similar life safety provisions as noted for the Theatre. Estimates are pegged at $585,000-$661,000 for these recommended projects.
The report presented by Stantec also noted Curling Club also did some longer range visioning for its facility as part of this study, and the consultant team developed some preliminary renovation plans for possible future projects at the site.
If implemented, most of the main and second floor areas would be renovated in phases over a longer term at a cost between $3.9 million and $4.4 million.
In an attempt to improve operation costs, both facilities also looked at options to improve energy efficiency through mechanical upgrades, electrical equipment/lighting upgrades, and increasing the insulation on the buildings as longer range projects.