A Photoblog of the New Building Construction

Follow the construction of the new building as it happens.

The Latest Photos

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

March 23, 2018: Lots and lots of trusses.

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.