Hamilton could take control of Pan Am Stadium by mid-May

Community Apr 22, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The City of Hamilton could take control of the $145.7 million Tim Hortons Field by mid-May, says Public Works General Manager Gerry Davis.

Davis told politicians at their April 22 council meeting the Ontario Sports Solutions, the contractor constructing the facility that is 10 months pass the deadline to complete the project, will be applying to the city that the stadium is “substantially completed.”  

But until an independent provincial auditor signs off on the work as being “substantially completed” the stadium can’t be turned over to the city as required under the contract.  Davis said the contractor has not applied to the city yet.

Davis said once the city does take control it will mean further tests, training and examinations of the facility by city staff.

“The way it looks it will be mid-May,” said Davis.

He said once the city takes control of the facility, under the lease agreement with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the city has 30 days before the city is required to allow the Tiger-Cats to occupy the facility.

“That is a short turnaround,” said Davis.

Because of the construction delay on the stadium, which was supposed to be substantially completed by June 2014, a number of events that had been scheduled in May at the stadium have now been cancelled.  For instance the 9th annual Climb for Cancer  at Tim Hortons Field on May 9 will not happen, and neither will an all-star football event scheduled for May 1, and 2, said Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green.

“It is somewhat embarrassing to at the last minute give them the bad news,” said Green.

The football event, called the Ontario Prospect Challenge, involves high school youths from across Ontario and Quebec playing eight games over the two days.

Other events that are scheduled for Tim Hortons Field in May include a soccer match between the Canadian women and England’s national team on May 29, and a city-hosted community event May 21 to allow the public to view the new facility.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger said it’s “unfortunate” about the community events that already have been cancelled.

“A number of groups will be disappointed,” he said. “But it is not our doing. It is because of the lackluster performance of Infrastructure Ontario.”

Davis said city staff has been “working with the community.” But, he said, city staff has to take control of the facility, and conduct the needed tests.

“It’s not ready for (hosting events),” he said.

Politicians heard earlier this month that the Hamilton Police Service had to be in the stadium by May 1 to begin training exercises in preparation for the Pan Am Games scheduled for July.

Pan Am officials are scheduled to take over the stadium in June to get facility ready for the games scheduled for July 10 to 26.

Davis said workers have been waterproofing the stadium and making repairs that were caused by the severe winter .  The city did issue an occupancy permit for the stadium earlier this month.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson said Infrastructure Ontario officials are scheduled to appear before the Pan Am Stadium Precinct sub-committee April 28 to explain what caused the delays.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Ferguson, the chair of the subcommittee. “This has gone on for far too long.”

 

Hamilton could take control of Pan Am Stadium by mid-May

Community Apr 22, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The City of Hamilton could take control of the $145.7 million Tim Hortons Field by mid-May, says Public Works General Manager Gerry Davis.

Davis told politicians at their April 22 council meeting the Ontario Sports Solutions, the contractor constructing the facility that is 10 months pass the deadline to complete the project, will be applying to the city that the stadium is “substantially completed.”  

But until an independent provincial auditor signs off on the work as being “substantially completed” the stadium can’t be turned over to the city as required under the contract.  Davis said the contractor has not applied to the city yet.

Davis said once the city does take control it will mean further tests, training and examinations of the facility by city staff.

“The way it looks it will be mid-May,” said Davis.

He said once the city takes control of the facility, under the lease agreement with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the city has 30 days before the city is required to allow the Tiger-Cats to occupy the facility.

“That is a short turnaround,” said Davis.

Because of the construction delay on the stadium, which was supposed to be substantially completed by June 2014, a number of events that had been scheduled in May at the stadium have now been cancelled.  For instance the 9th annual Climb for Cancer  at Tim Hortons Field on May 9 will not happen, and neither will an all-star football event scheduled for May 1, and 2, said Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green.

“It is somewhat embarrassing to at the last minute give them the bad news,” said Green.

The football event, called the Ontario Prospect Challenge, involves high school youths from across Ontario and Quebec playing eight games over the two days.

Other events that are scheduled for Tim Hortons Field in May include a soccer match between the Canadian women and England’s national team on May 29, and a city-hosted community event May 21 to allow the public to view the new facility.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger said it’s “unfortunate” about the community events that already have been cancelled.

“A number of groups will be disappointed,” he said. “But it is not our doing. It is because of the lackluster performance of Infrastructure Ontario.”

Davis said city staff has been “working with the community.” But, he said, city staff has to take control of the facility, and conduct the needed tests.

“It’s not ready for (hosting events),” he said.

Politicians heard earlier this month that the Hamilton Police Service had to be in the stadium by May 1 to begin training exercises in preparation for the Pan Am Games scheduled for July.

Pan Am officials are scheduled to take over the stadium in June to get facility ready for the games scheduled for July 10 to 26.

Davis said workers have been waterproofing the stadium and making repairs that were caused by the severe winter .  The city did issue an occupancy permit for the stadium earlier this month.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson said Infrastructure Ontario officials are scheduled to appear before the Pan Am Stadium Precinct sub-committee April 28 to explain what caused the delays.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Ferguson, the chair of the subcommittee. “This has gone on for far too long.”

 

Hamilton could take control of Pan Am Stadium by mid-May

Community Apr 22, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

The City of Hamilton could take control of the $145.7 million Tim Hortons Field by mid-May, says Public Works General Manager Gerry Davis.

Davis told politicians at their April 22 council meeting the Ontario Sports Solutions, the contractor constructing the facility that is 10 months pass the deadline to complete the project, will be applying to the city that the stadium is “substantially completed.”  

But until an independent provincial auditor signs off on the work as being “substantially completed” the stadium can’t be turned over to the city as required under the contract.  Davis said the contractor has not applied to the city yet.

Davis said once the city does take control it will mean further tests, training and examinations of the facility by city staff.

“The way it looks it will be mid-May,” said Davis.

He said once the city takes control of the facility, under the lease agreement with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the city has 30 days before the city is required to allow the Tiger-Cats to occupy the facility.

“That is a short turnaround,” said Davis.

Because of the construction delay on the stadium, which was supposed to be substantially completed by June 2014, a number of events that had been scheduled in May at the stadium have now been cancelled.  For instance the 9th annual Climb for Cancer  at Tim Hortons Field on May 9 will not happen, and neither will an all-star football event scheduled for May 1, and 2, said Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green.

“It is somewhat embarrassing to at the last minute give them the bad news,” said Green.

The football event, called the Ontario Prospect Challenge, involves high school youths from across Ontario and Quebec playing eight games over the two days.

Other events that are scheduled for Tim Hortons Field in May include a soccer match between the Canadian women and England’s national team on May 29, and a city-hosted community event May 21 to allow the public to view the new facility.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger said it’s “unfortunate” about the community events that already have been cancelled.

“A number of groups will be disappointed,” he said. “But it is not our doing. It is because of the lackluster performance of Infrastructure Ontario.”

Davis said city staff has been “working with the community.” But, he said, city staff has to take control of the facility, and conduct the needed tests.

“It’s not ready for (hosting events),” he said.

Politicians heard earlier this month that the Hamilton Police Service had to be in the stadium by May 1 to begin training exercises in preparation for the Pan Am Games scheduled for July.

Pan Am officials are scheduled to take over the stadium in June to get facility ready for the games scheduled for July 10 to 26.

Davis said workers have been waterproofing the stadium and making repairs that were caused by the severe winter .  The city did issue an occupancy permit for the stadium earlier this month.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson said Infrastructure Ontario officials are scheduled to appear before the Pan Am Stadium Precinct sub-committee April 28 to explain what caused the delays.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Ferguson, the chair of the subcommittee. “This has gone on for far too long.”