Hamilton’s Pan Am Stadium construction could be finished by end of April

News Apr 09, 2015 by Kevin Werner hamiltonnews.com

Hamilton officials say the Pan Am Stadium should be nearly completed by the end of April.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson, chair of the Pan Am Stadium Precinct sub-committee, who took a two-hour tour of the facility April 8, said he was “impressed” with the work that has been done since he last saw the project.

Ferguson said he expects the city could issue the occupancy permit for the stadium within the week. He also expects the facility to be “substantially” completed by the end of April.

“I’m hoping we have occupancy next week,” said Ferguson. “Also, I’d be deeply disappointed.”

Ferguson says Ontario Sports Solutions, the contractor on the stadium, is currently repairing drywall, and replacing the water seals on all of the pre-cast joints because of the water damage that was done over the winter.

“It’s all finished on the west side,” said Ferguson. “They are finishing on the east side. I’m impressed (with the work being done.) It’s getting close.”

He said there are about 250 deficiencies to be fixed, down from 1,600 deficiencies.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger remained infuriated that the stadium is still not ready almost a year after it was scheduled to be completed.

“It’s inexcusable from my perspective,” said Eisenberger.

Ferguson says the stadium must be substantially completed by May 1 to provide the Hamilton Police Service time to conduct drills and review security plans for the facility. In addition, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have scheduled a few events in May. The city has already identified the end of May to hold an open house.

City officials said during the April 9 sub-committee meeting a few private functions scheduled for April have already been cancelled.

The Pan Am Stadium had been expected to be completed by June 30, 2014 by contract. But that deadline has been extended repeatedly because the facility was not completed. The city did issue temporary occupancy permits for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats so they could hold their games in the facility last year.

“It’s unbelievable they can let it run this long,” said Ferguson, referring to Infrastructure Ontario officials.

Ferguson said IO officials are “too embarrassed” to appear before the sub-committee to answer questions. He said it was the second time IO officials were absent.

John McKendrick, executive vice-president for Infrastructure Ontario, stated in an April 9 letter to the city the stadium is “99 per cent complete and remains on budget.” He stated further that OSS has made progress “in the areas of additional water proofing measures, exterior façade work and commissioning of building systems.”

But Ferguson said if the project is 99 per cent complete, it “meets the test” for the stadium to be substantially completed.

IO, he said, has had an independent compliance consultant visit the stadium three times and the person has “rejected” the project as being substantially completed.

With all of the problems associated with the stadium project, Ferguson suspects there will be legal issues to navigate once it is completed.

“I don’t think (Hamilton) will pick a legal fight,” he says. “We don’t do well on those things. We just want to get occupancy and move forward.”

Hamilton’s Pan Am Stadium construction could be finished by end of April

News Apr 09, 2015 by Kevin Werner hamiltonnews.com

Hamilton officials say the Pan Am Stadium should be nearly completed by the end of April.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson, chair of the Pan Am Stadium Precinct sub-committee, who took a two-hour tour of the facility April 8, said he was “impressed” with the work that has been done since he last saw the project.

Ferguson said he expects the city could issue the occupancy permit for the stadium within the week. He also expects the facility to be “substantially” completed by the end of April.

“I’m hoping we have occupancy next week,” said Ferguson. “Also, I’d be deeply disappointed.”

Ferguson says Ontario Sports Solutions, the contractor on the stadium, is currently repairing drywall, and replacing the water seals on all of the pre-cast joints because of the water damage that was done over the winter.

“It’s all finished on the west side,” said Ferguson. “They are finishing on the east side. I’m impressed (with the work being done.) It’s getting close.”

He said there are about 250 deficiencies to be fixed, down from 1,600 deficiencies.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger remained infuriated that the stadium is still not ready almost a year after it was scheduled to be completed.

“It’s inexcusable from my perspective,” said Eisenberger.

Ferguson says the stadium must be substantially completed by May 1 to provide the Hamilton Police Service time to conduct drills and review security plans for the facility. In addition, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have scheduled a few events in May. The city has already identified the end of May to hold an open house.

City officials said during the April 9 sub-committee meeting a few private functions scheduled for April have already been cancelled.

The Pan Am Stadium had been expected to be completed by June 30, 2014 by contract. But that deadline has been extended repeatedly because the facility was not completed. The city did issue temporary occupancy permits for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats so they could hold their games in the facility last year.

“It’s unbelievable they can let it run this long,” said Ferguson, referring to Infrastructure Ontario officials.

Ferguson said IO officials are “too embarrassed” to appear before the sub-committee to answer questions. He said it was the second time IO officials were absent.

John McKendrick, executive vice-president for Infrastructure Ontario, stated in an April 9 letter to the city the stadium is “99 per cent complete and remains on budget.” He stated further that OSS has made progress “in the areas of additional water proofing measures, exterior façade work and commissioning of building systems.”

But Ferguson said if the project is 99 per cent complete, it “meets the test” for the stadium to be substantially completed.

IO, he said, has had an independent compliance consultant visit the stadium three times and the person has “rejected” the project as being substantially completed.

With all of the problems associated with the stadium project, Ferguson suspects there will be legal issues to navigate once it is completed.

“I don’t think (Hamilton) will pick a legal fight,” he says. “We don’t do well on those things. We just want to get occupancy and move forward.”

Hamilton’s Pan Am Stadium construction could be finished by end of April

News Apr 09, 2015 by Kevin Werner hamiltonnews.com

Hamilton officials say the Pan Am Stadium should be nearly completed by the end of April.

Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson, chair of the Pan Am Stadium Precinct sub-committee, who took a two-hour tour of the facility April 8, said he was “impressed” with the work that has been done since he last saw the project.

Ferguson said he expects the city could issue the occupancy permit for the stadium within the week. He also expects the facility to be “substantially” completed by the end of April.

“I’m hoping we have occupancy next week,” said Ferguson. “Also, I’d be deeply disappointed.”

Ferguson says Ontario Sports Solutions, the contractor on the stadium, is currently repairing drywall, and replacing the water seals on all of the pre-cast joints because of the water damage that was done over the winter.

“It’s all finished on the west side,” said Ferguson. “They are finishing on the east side. I’m impressed (with the work being done.) It’s getting close.”

He said there are about 250 deficiencies to be fixed, down from 1,600 deficiencies.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger remained infuriated that the stadium is still not ready almost a year after it was scheduled to be completed.

“It’s inexcusable from my perspective,” said Eisenberger.

Ferguson says the stadium must be substantially completed by May 1 to provide the Hamilton Police Service time to conduct drills and review security plans for the facility. In addition, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have scheduled a few events in May. The city has already identified the end of May to hold an open house.

City officials said during the April 9 sub-committee meeting a few private functions scheduled for April have already been cancelled.

The Pan Am Stadium had been expected to be completed by June 30, 2014 by contract. But that deadline has been extended repeatedly because the facility was not completed. The city did issue temporary occupancy permits for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats so they could hold their games in the facility last year.

“It’s unbelievable they can let it run this long,” said Ferguson, referring to Infrastructure Ontario officials.

Ferguson said IO officials are “too embarrassed” to appear before the sub-committee to answer questions. He said it was the second time IO officials were absent.

John McKendrick, executive vice-president for Infrastructure Ontario, stated in an April 9 letter to the city the stadium is “99 per cent complete and remains on budget.” He stated further that OSS has made progress “in the areas of additional water proofing measures, exterior façade work and commissioning of building systems.”

But Ferguson said if the project is 99 per cent complete, it “meets the test” for the stadium to be substantially completed.

IO, he said, has had an independent compliance consultant visit the stadium three times and the person has “rejected” the project as being substantially completed.

With all of the problems associated with the stadium project, Ferguson suspects there will be legal issues to navigate once it is completed.

“I don’t think (Hamilton) will pick a legal fight,” he says. “We don’t do well on those things. We just want to get occupancy and move forward.”