The ENMAX Centrium expansion is progressing very well, however the original projected completion date at the end of October has been extended.

Reasons for the delayed completion resulted from improvements to the new structural design and a complete upgrade to the originally planned mechanical systems to improve air flow and ensure the comfort of the guests occupying the expansion area.

ENMAX Centrium Expansion Continues

Demolition is complete; crews are now working on key installations.

September 24, 2012 | Red Deer, AB The ENMAX Centrium expansion is progressing very well, however the original projected completion date at the end of October has been extended. Reasons for the delayed completion resulted from improvements to the new structural design and a complete upgrade to the originally planned mechanical systems to improve air flow and ensure the comfort of the guests occupying the expansion area. “We are disappointed in the delay,” says John Harms, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Westerner Park, “but, following a thorough review, we determined the changes needed to be made to the original design to ensure an enjoyable guest experience.”

Substantial progress has been made, crane and concrete work is completed, the new kitchen construction has been completed on the lower level, the elevator shaft has been installed in the lobby, and the new washrooms in the Parkland Pavilion are complete. Through the efforts of our contractor, Timcon Construction and Westerner Park staff, the ice was back in and ready for the season opener on Friday, September 21st.

“The Rebels Hockey Club has been very supportive and we have worked closely with the team throughout this extensive project,” says Harms, “In addition, Westerner Park is speaking with tenants of the new suites, to make alternate arrangements for the interim.”

The upgrade includes 13 more luxury suites, a 40 seat club suite and an additional 1,000 seats added to the 6,000 seat ENMAX Centrium facility. The expansion will have significant economic impact on Central Alberta in attracting national and international events to Westerner Park.

Construction on the new seats is planned to be completed by the end of October and the new suites completed by mid December. While the renovations have taken longer than anticipated, the staff of Westerner Park is excited to see final result and is confident that visitors to the ENMAX Centrium will be thrilled with the renovations, once completed. A celebration of the Grand Opening of the expanded Centrium is planned for January.

As a result of the changes in scope, design improvements and the complexities of this immense renovation project, Westerner Park has increased the overall budget by one million dollars, for a total project cost of 5.5 million dollars. Westerner Park will be self-financing this increase and will not be seeking additional funding from its partners for this project; Province of Alberta’s Community Facility Enhancement Program, The City of Red Deer, and Red Deer County.

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