Mold abatement process given green light

 

By Karen Fallon

Replacement of both the north and south walls at the Victoria Street Cultural Centre is well underway.

A problem with mold in the building was discovered when restoration work began in December 2011.

In addition to the on-going renovations, says Dean Collver, director of recreation and culture: “Extensive, invasive discovery has gone on,” in an effort to meet the deadline that was initially stated.

Once the problem was discovered the firm RC White was brought in to investigate and determine the type of mold and recommend the remediation needed to address the situation, noted Rick Daly Manager of Business Development and Programming at an earlier meeting.

The investigation revealed that mold was present in the two walls and as a result they had to be demolished.

The extra cost resulting from the mold abatement is tagged at $45,892 plus HST. This is over and above the $271,800 originally approved for renovations at the building, noted Collver in a report to council.

“There is no doubt we have to do the work, we have a tenant waiting to use that building,” said Councillor John Sutton. “It is certainly a tenant that does a lot for this community.”

Steve Brown, chief building official, says the struc  ture of the north was to be removed this week, while the south wall has already been replaced

Council agreed to approve the recommended method for eliminating the mold and that the associated costs be recognized and absorbed within the recreation and culture’s capital budget.

 

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