Dundas Grightmire Arena contractor ban extended by city

News Dec 13, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Hamilton city council extended its ban on Grightmire Arena and Dundas library contractor Century Group Constructors Inc. by another year at its final meeting of 2019.

Slated to end Dec. 19, the interim ban on Century Group and any related entity from bidding on, or being awarded, any City of Hamilton contracts was extended to Dec. 31, 2020.

Meanwhile, the city continues negotiations for a settlement with Century Group that is expected to bring a financial credit for incomplete or deficient works at J.L. Grightmire Arena. Those discussions have been ongoing at least six months.

Public works spokesperson Jasmine Graham said that the city has no update on negotiations while they continue, but targeted a time frame between April and June for an update.

“We expect we will be in a position to further respond on or before the end of the second quarter of 2020,” Graham said.

The direction passed by councillors on Wednesday, Dec. 11 calls on staff to “continue to reject any current and future bids, proposals or quotations received from Century Group Inc. or any of its related corporate or individual entities until and including Dec. 31, 2020.”

The direction also states that the city will not enter into any contract with Century Group or related entities during that period.

City council originally placed the interim ban on Century Group on Jan. 23, 2019, due to “impairment of the commercial relationship” while the contractor was still working on the Grightmire addition project. Work was at least four months late by that point.

Century Group vice-president Eric Zvaniga addressed the audit, finance and administration committee of council on Jan. 17, and said the contactor did its best to deal with challenges presented by the addition’s design, the site and the existing building.

“It is important to understand CGI has no control of, or responsibility for, the consultants or the design,” Zvaniga said.

He said that those issues impacted the company’s ability to execute the work.

“We cannot understand why the city would seek to exclude CGI from future work for the city,” Zvaniga said.

Century Group did not respond to requests for comment on the ban extension by deadline.

The city took the project over from Century Group in June, five months after passing the original ban, and finished remaining work.

The original contract called for Century Group to complete the addition and related work by Sept. 7, 2018.

When the city took over the property, the project was nine months overdue and more than three per cent overbudget.

Century Group was also the contractor on the Dundas library branch renovation from 2016 to 2018.

 

Dundas Grightmire Arena contractor ban extended by city

Financial settlement talks continuing into spring 2020

News Dec 13, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Hamilton city council extended its ban on Grightmire Arena and Dundas library contractor Century Group Constructors Inc. by another year at its final meeting of 2019.

Slated to end Dec. 19, the interim ban on Century Group and any related entity from bidding on, or being awarded, any City of Hamilton contracts was extended to Dec. 31, 2020.

Meanwhile, the city continues negotiations for a settlement with Century Group that is expected to bring a financial credit for incomplete or deficient works at J.L. Grightmire Arena. Those discussions have been ongoing at least six months.

Public works spokesperson Jasmine Graham said that the city has no update on negotiations while they continue, but targeted a time frame between April and June for an update.

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“We expect we will be in a position to further respond on or before the end of the second quarter of 2020,” Graham said.

The direction passed by councillors on Wednesday, Dec. 11 calls on staff to “continue to reject any current and future bids, proposals or quotations received from Century Group Inc. or any of its related corporate or individual entities until and including Dec. 31, 2020.”

The direction also states that the city will not enter into any contract with Century Group or related entities during that period.

City council originally placed the interim ban on Century Group on Jan. 23, 2019, due to “impairment of the commercial relationship” while the contractor was still working on the Grightmire addition project. Work was at least four months late by that point.

Century Group vice-president Eric Zvaniga addressed the audit, finance and administration committee of council on Jan. 17, and said the contactor did its best to deal with challenges presented by the addition’s design, the site and the existing building.

“It is important to understand CGI has no control of, or responsibility for, the consultants or the design,” Zvaniga said.

He said that those issues impacted the company’s ability to execute the work.

“We cannot understand why the city would seek to exclude CGI from future work for the city,” Zvaniga said.

Century Group did not respond to requests for comment on the ban extension by deadline.

The city took the project over from Century Group in June, five months after passing the original ban, and finished remaining work.

The original contract called for Century Group to complete the addition and related work by Sept. 7, 2018.

When the city took over the property, the project was nine months overdue and more than three per cent overbudget.

Century Group was also the contractor on the Dundas library branch renovation from 2016 to 2018.

 

Dundas Grightmire Arena contractor ban extended by city

Financial settlement talks continuing into spring 2020

News Dec 13, 2019 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Hamilton city council extended its ban on Grightmire Arena and Dundas library contractor Century Group Constructors Inc. by another year at its final meeting of 2019.

Slated to end Dec. 19, the interim ban on Century Group and any related entity from bidding on, or being awarded, any City of Hamilton contracts was extended to Dec. 31, 2020.

Meanwhile, the city continues negotiations for a settlement with Century Group that is expected to bring a financial credit for incomplete or deficient works at J.L. Grightmire Arena. Those discussions have been ongoing at least six months.

Public works spokesperson Jasmine Graham said that the city has no update on negotiations while they continue, but targeted a time frame between April and June for an update.

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“We expect we will be in a position to further respond on or before the end of the second quarter of 2020,” Graham said.

The direction passed by councillors on Wednesday, Dec. 11 calls on staff to “continue to reject any current and future bids, proposals or quotations received from Century Group Inc. or any of its related corporate or individual entities until and including Dec. 31, 2020.”

The direction also states that the city will not enter into any contract with Century Group or related entities during that period.

City council originally placed the interim ban on Century Group on Jan. 23, 2019, due to “impairment of the commercial relationship” while the contractor was still working on the Grightmire addition project. Work was at least four months late by that point.

Century Group vice-president Eric Zvaniga addressed the audit, finance and administration committee of council on Jan. 17, and said the contactor did its best to deal with challenges presented by the addition’s design, the site and the existing building.

“It is important to understand CGI has no control of, or responsibility for, the consultants or the design,” Zvaniga said.

He said that those issues impacted the company’s ability to execute the work.

“We cannot understand why the city would seek to exclude CGI from future work for the city,” Zvaniga said.

Century Group did not respond to requests for comment on the ban extension by deadline.

The city took the project over from Century Group in June, five months after passing the original ban, and finished remaining work.

The original contract called for Century Group to complete the addition and related work by Sept. 7, 2018.

When the city took over the property, the project was nine months overdue and more than three per cent overbudget.

Century Group was also the contractor on the Dundas library branch renovation from 2016 to 2018.