Major site construction of the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus is “ongoing and progressing well,” with hard construction costs currently 0.4 per cent under budget, relates a staff memo to council.
“Milestones to be completed prior to the end of 2018 include: total superstructure complete for Building A and foundations complete for Building C, preparation for site works and asphalt, installation of the communication tower, demobilization of both stationary cranes and making the south portion of building A weather tight,” states the memo, written by J. Liefl, manager of facility planning and development.
“Substantial and total project completion are on track to be completed December 2019 and January 2020 respectively.”
This campus is a partnership between Barrie and County of Simcoe. Once complete, it will house the Barrie Police Service, Simcoe County Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service dispatch communications in one location at 110 Fairview Road in Barrie.
The memo continues that an application to the Municipal Greenhouse Gas Challenge Fund for $4,500,000 “based on proposed energy efficiencies of building mechanical systems at the new” campus was not selected.
Also, a new phosphorus offset policy has been launched by the Lake Simcoe Regional Conservation Authority (LSRCA). As of Jan. 1, 2018 all new developments are required to control 100 per cent of the phosphorus from leaving their property. Work was done to “review and revise the storm water management approach for the campus site,” relates the memo, with site plan approval being achieved on Aug. 22.
“The phosphorous offsetting program was not in place at the time of capital budget approval for the Campus in 2017. The City’s 10-year capital plan forecasts several engineering projects in close proximity, outside the limits of the site, which would result in a zero net phosphorous load, or potentially an offset credit.
“As the City is currently working through capital budget prioritization, it is not feasible at this time to make a specific project commitment, as Council prioritization and approvals will not be completed until March of 2019. The City is (committed) to continue working with the LSRCA … to determine the most suitable projects to be executed within two years of completion of the BSESC project, and … will continue to work with the LSRCA to make suitable arrangements to use any credits that have been generated through this agreement.”
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