The Regional District of Central Kootenay has awarded NDB Construction the contract to renovate the North Shore Hall. The Castlegar company had the lowest bid of $206,250 (excluding GST) among the seven tenders received.
The work is expected to begin next week as RDCK general manager of community services Joe Chirico said the contractor is already mobilizing.
Chirico described the upcoming changes to the 1950s building, located across the big orange bridge at 675 Whitmore Road, as an “aggressive home reno.”
The majority of the work will be to the interior and the finished walls will be brighter. The brick will remain the same and a fresh coat of paint on the exterior will match the current colour scheme.
The interior work includes replacing two gas fireplaces with high efficiently furnaces, adding insulation to walls and ceilings, replacing windows, upgrading the original public washrooms, adding a universal washroom to the main floor, and repairing building pilasters.
Replacing the tongue and groove flooring was taken out of the tenure but the RDCK hopes to include it once they have a better understanding of the work and costs entailed as the old floor does not have enough wood left for a sanding repair. Chirico said the project completion date is set for the end of August.
The goal of the project is to make the hall more usable as currently Chirico said the hall is “very draughty” and hard to keep at a constant temperature. “The changes will significantly improve the usability, the building will be more functional,” he said.
The project will also improve energy efficiently to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from an RDCK-owned property. The project is funded by Area F community works gants, Nelson Search and Rescue, Columbia Basin Trust and the North Shore Hall service.
The next closest bid came from Nelson’s Cornerstone General Contracting Ltd. with a tender of $262,350 ($56,100 higher than the accepted bid).
The hall has a rough capacity of 150 people.