The arena building was re-constructed in 1965 and had an estimated life of about 50 years. The building was originally built in the 1940’s as an aircraft hangar that was used by the Department of National Defence.
Repairs were done to the roof in 2002 and 2007. In 2012, approx. $380,000 was spent in repairs including emergency roof repairs, mould removal, furnace replacement, control panel replacement and tile repairs.
In 2013, engineering firms JADA Solutions and AECOM were contracted to do an assessment on the building at a cost of approximately $20,000 combined. The engineering reports outlined several repairs that were required in order to extend the service life of the building. The repairs were estimated between $2.5 million and $4.2 million dollars and include:
- Structural repairs of the roof, columns and members (about $2M-$3.7M)
- Mould and stipple abatement that will be exposed due to construction (about $450,000)
- Leak in ice plant on the curling rink side
- A new ice plant in 8-10 years
- A new condenser in 1-5 years
- New valves in the ice plant in 1-3 years
- Renovate the dressing rooms
- Increase the seating capacity (current seating is at 232 seats)
Additionally, we know that if we extend the service life of the building by 5-10 years we will also need to consider the following:
In 2013, the Town completed general repairs and maintenance for approximately $24,000 and designed a monitoring and assessment plan with AECOM for 2014. In addition to the monitoring that was undertaken by AECOM in 2014 (approximately $8,500), two independent assessments by Rogowsky Engineering Ltd. and Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. were completed to identify necessary repairs for 2014/15 at a combined cost of approximately $8,000. Repairs currently scheduled for completion in 2014 total approximately $15,000.
At the December 15, 2014 Special Meeting of Council, Mayor and Council approved $150,000 for capital improvements on the Ray McDonald Sports Center to extend the service life of the building through to at least the end of the current ice season. More information is expected to be available by the end of January as to whether or not additional funds will be required in order to continue to extend the building's life.
As of February 27, 2015, the scheduled structural repairs were completed and the arena is now back to being fully operational. A full report and update was presented to Mayor and Council during the March 24, 2015 Regular Meeting of Council.