A Photoblog of the New Building Construction

Follow the construction of the new building as it happens.


The Latest Photos

April 17, 2018: The two sets of stairs along the north wall.

April 17, 2018: The third set of stairs, on the west wall.

April 17, 2018: Connecting a bracing plate between a joist and beam. The plates, at the end of every joist provide more stability.

April 17, 2018: One of the five culverts connecting the building to the city's water and sewage system.

April 17, 2018: Working on the masonry wall for the mechanical room.

April 17, 2018: The bottom two courses along the exterior wall will be filled with cement.

Previous Photos

July 4, 2017: City Council approves the proposed new building. Council Chambers packed for vote.
Photos courtesy of Kevin Jones.

July 5, 2017: The construction site before the digging starts.

July 18, 2017: Sod Turning Ceremony

July 18, 2017: The Site Office Arrives

July 20, 2017: We Have a Fence Around the Site!

Aug 1, 2017: Surveying the site.

Aug 21, 2017: The first excavator arrives.
Unloading the excavator.
Unloading the excavator's compactor attachment.

Aug 28, 2017: The work begins!
7:30 am: The first section of top soil is scraped off. 8:30 am: More top soil coming off, creating an access road for the trucks.
11:30 am: The access road has been scraped. A second excavator and a bulldozer have arrived.
11:40 am: The first gravel truck arrives.
11:45 am: Dumping gravel on the access road.
5:00 pm: Looks like about 1/4 of the top soil is gone. A great day of work!

Aug 29, 2017
11:00 am: Going even faster today. Both excavators hard at work. 5:00 pm: Not much top soil left now.

Aug 30, 2017
10:00 am: All the top soil is gone.
3:00 pm: Digging holes for the footings. 5:00 pm: The hole for the footing at the northwest corner of the Ice Shed.

Aug 31, 2017
11:30 am: Digging a trench for the footings at the north end. 6:00 pm: Almost finished digging at the north end.

Sept 1, 2017
10:30 am: Lots going on today. 11:00 am: Two excavators digging & a smaller one compacting the gravel.

6:00 pm: Lots of holes for footings. More digging still to come.

Sept 2, 2017: The footing trenches for the north and west walls.

Sept 5, 2017
11:30 am: More trench digging on a smokey day. Looks like the trenches for the west half are almost done. 6:00 pm: Most of the interior trenches are finished now. Then they have to dig two trenches for the east walls.

Sept 6, 2017
11:00 am: Digging more trenches on another smokey day. 3:30 pm: One more trench to go for the east wall. Then three more holes and the elevator pit.

Sept 7, 2017
12:30 am: Digging the last trench on the east side and starting to pile up the preload in the northwest corner. 6:00 pm: More preload piling up in the northwest corner (back right).

Sept 8, 2017: Lots and lots of preload gravel. And a lot more to come.

Sept 10, 2017: They were hauling preload all day long on Saturday.

Sept 11, 2017: The pile is getting higher.

Sept 13, 2017: And higher.

Sept 16, 2017: And even higher. Most of the preload has arrived, just a little more needed at the northeast corner.

Sept 18, 2017: All the preload has arrived. Now it sits, settling for up to eight weeks.

Oct 16, 2017: They are starting to take the preload off, about three weeks earlier than expected.

Oct 20, 2017: More and more of the preload material has been coming off.

Oct 30, 2017: The preload material is almost gone.

Nov 6, 2017
11:00 am: They are starting to clear out the preload material from the footing trenches. 11:00 am: The wood that will be used to build the forms for the footings.
2:30 pm: Clearing out more material from the trenches in the northwest corner.

November 8, 2017: The elevator pit and more trenches at the north end have been cleared. Several forms for the footings have been placed in the trenches.

November 10, 2017: More trenches and forms. We should be seeing some cement being poured within a couple of weeks.

November 15, 2017: They are still building forms for the footings and foundation.

November 22, 2017: More forms, plus the rebar has arrived.

December 5, 2017: Over 25 truckloads of cement coming tomorrow.

December 5, 2017: The rebar along the north wall is ready for the cement pour.

December 5, 2017: Finishing up the rebar along the east wall.

December 6, 2017: Pumping cement for the footings on the north end. They were emptying a cement truck every 20 minuntes!

December 6, 2017: Topping up the forms along the east wall.

December 11, 2017: The forms around the footings have been removed.

December 11, 2017: The footings for the wall between the ice shed and the viewing area.

December 11, 2017: Backfilling along the north wall.

December 13, 2017: The forms for the foundation wall that sits on the footings.

December 13, 2017: Working on the rebar for the footings around the ice shed.

December 15, 2017: The second big cement pour - the footings around the ice shed

December 15, 2017: Filling the ice shed footing forms with cement.

December 15, 2017: Finishing the tops of the footings.

January 2, 2018: Digging out from the dump of snow we received this last week.

January 8, 2018: Working in the snow on the forms for the foundation walls.

January 15, 2018: After a couple of delays due to two snow/freezing rain storms, they are pumping cement again.

January 15, 2018: Filling the form for one of the interior post footings.

January 15, 2018: Filling the form for the foundation wall along the east side.

January 17, 2018: The forms are coming off the foundation walls. We can start to see where some of the doors are going to be.

January 22, 2018: Working on the forms for the foundation walls around the ice shed.

January 25, 2018: Another cement pour - filling the forms around the ice shed.

January 25, 2018: Filling the foundation wall forms on the east side of the ice shed.

January 25, 2018: Filling the form for the elevator pit.

January 30, 2018: All the forms for the foundation walls have been removed. They are also working on the electrical conduits that will be under the cement pad.

February 05, 2018: Digging a trench for the plumbing that will run under the floor slab.

February 05, 2018: Laying the plumbing.

February 08, 2018: It looks like all the under-floor plumbing is in place.

February 09, 2018: Waterproofing the foundation walls.

February 09, 2018: Pouring the cement for the header trench at the south end of the ice shed.

February 13, 2018: Covering up the plumbing under the floor slab.

February 13, 2018: Trucking in fill to level off the ground under the floor slab.

February 18, 2018: They are prepping the ground for the cement floor slab at the north end.

March 6, 2018: Laying out the vapour barrier that lies under the cement slab floor.

March 7, 2018: Laying out rebar for the cement slab floor.

March 9, 2018: The rebar is in place and they are placing the last of the forms for the cement slab floor. They are hoping to pour on Monday.

March 12, 2018: A busy day! The first shipment of the steel girders has arrived and is being unloaded.

March 12, 2018: The steel will be stored on the ice shed floor where it will be sorted and then installed, hopefully later this week.

March 12, 2018: They are also pouring the cement slab for the floor at the front end of the building.

March 12, 2018: That is a lot of cement!

March 12, 2018: Polishing the finished surface.

March 12, 2018: Putting the finishing touches on the floor.

March 15, 2018: Working on the gravel base for the cement pad in the Mechanical Room.

March 15, 2018: More of the steel girders and posts have arrived. Now they have to sort them like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

March 15, 2018: Erection of the steel structure has started. Three posts along the wall separating the ice shed from the viewing area.

March 19, 2018: More and more posts have been erected, plus a couple of the cross braces.

March 20, 2018: More posts and cross braces.

March 23, 2018: More posts at the front end of the building.

March 23, 2018: Lots and lots of trusses.

March 26, 2018: The big crain arrived on a very rainy day. They got lots of cross beams installed today.

March 27, 2018: Setting one of the floor joists in place.

March 27, 2018: Lots of joists and trusses were installed today.

March 27, 2018: It looks like about half the steel structure for the front of the building is installed.

March 28, 2018: More and more joists and trusses.

March 28, 2018: Pouring the floor slab in the mechanical room.

March 29, 2018: The header trench at the far end of the ice. The main coolant pipes run through it, then smaller pipes will branch off to run under the cement pad.

March 29, 2018: Lifting the middle of the three pillars that run down the middle of the ice shed.

March 29, 2018: Putting the middle pillar in place.

March 29, 2018: The finished floor slab in the mechanical room.

March 29, 2018: The trusses in the ice shed are going up.

April 3, 2018: The last of the posts and cross beams for the ice shed are in place, as well as over half of the trusses.

April 4, 2018: The big crane has finished its work and is gone. All the steel structure is up, but it will take over two weeks to weld everything in place.

April 9, 2018: The masonry crew has arrived to build the brick walls for the one-story mechanical room along the east side of the building.

April 9, 2018: More brick walls around the storerooms and washrooms at the rear of the building.

April 9, 2018: A view of the ice shed from the west side of the building.

April 9, 2018: There are 20-30 guy-wires holding the steel frame tight and square until the welding is finished. It will take over two weeks to complete the hundreds of welds needed to hold the structure steady.

April 9, 2018: One of the many, many welds.

April 9, 2018: Another weld at one of the cross braces.

April 9, 2018: The welder up in a lift.

April 9, 2018: Welding another joint.

April 11, 2018: Working on the masonry walls.

April 11, 2018: Installing the perimeter angle on the roof edge.

April 11, 2018: Welding perimeter angle in place.

April 16, 2018: The interior stairs arrived today and they have already installed the stairs for the fire escape along the north wall.