Dundas Grightmire Arena project deficit passed $300,000 in September

News Feb 14, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The J.l. Grightmire Arena construction project deficit reached $309,075, or approximately 4.4 per cent over its $7-million budget, by Sept. 30, 2019, according to a report to the City of Hamilton’s capital projects work-in-progress subcommittee last month.

Public works department staff did not say how much the project deficit may have increased in the past four months.

After a year of delays, the arena reopened to users in September 2019, with several additional elements and improvements not part of the original project.

The city banned Grightmire contractor Century Group from bidding on any future projects for one year starting December 2019, then extended that ban for another year starting December 2020, while negotiations for a financial settlement on the Grightmire project dragged on.

Negotiations for a settlement public works staff expect will bring a financial credit to the city for “incomplete or deficient work” have been ongoing for more than eight months. Public works staff have refused to comment on the negotiations.

The city took over the project from Century Group in June 2019, when it was nine months overdue, and more than $175,000 over budget, completing it three months later.

According to the most recent capital projects update, to the Jan. 27 meeting of the work in progress subcommittee, the Grightmire project had cost $6,678,977 in actual expenditures plus $630,098 in commitments for a total deficit of $309,075 as of Sept. 30, 2019.

Past capital projects updates to the subcommittee indicate the Grightmire arena project last had a balanced budget in September 2017, when work was just beginning. At the time, the city reported $586,359 in actual expenditures and $6,413,641 in commitments, accounting for 100 per cent of the $7-million budget.

The next update, in May 2018, reported the project had a $175,165 deficit — approximately 2.5 per cent over budget — as of Dec. 31, 2017 when Century Group had been on site for less than three months.

The deficit increased to $228,680 by Dec. 31, 2018 and $232,689 by June 30, 2019 — around the time the city took over the project.

Dundas Grightmire Arena project deficit passed $300,000 in September

City continues negotiations with contractor

News Feb 14, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The J.l. Grightmire Arena construction project deficit reached $309,075, or approximately 4.4 per cent over its $7-million budget, by Sept. 30, 2019, according to a report to the City of Hamilton’s capital projects work-in-progress subcommittee last month.

Public works department staff did not say how much the project deficit may have increased in the past four months.

After a year of delays, the arena reopened to users in September 2019, with several additional elements and improvements not part of the original project.

The city banned Grightmire contractor Century Group from bidding on any future projects for one year starting December 2019, then extended that ban for another year starting December 2020, while negotiations for a financial settlement on the Grightmire project dragged on.

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Negotiations for a settlement public works staff expect will bring a financial credit to the city for “incomplete or deficient work” have been ongoing for more than eight months. Public works staff have refused to comment on the negotiations.

The city took over the project from Century Group in June 2019, when it was nine months overdue, and more than $175,000 over budget, completing it three months later.

According to the most recent capital projects update, to the Jan. 27 meeting of the work in progress subcommittee, the Grightmire project had cost $6,678,977 in actual expenditures plus $630,098 in commitments for a total deficit of $309,075 as of Sept. 30, 2019.

Past capital projects updates to the subcommittee indicate the Grightmire arena project last had a balanced budget in September 2017, when work was just beginning. At the time, the city reported $586,359 in actual expenditures and $6,413,641 in commitments, accounting for 100 per cent of the $7-million budget.

The next update, in May 2018, reported the project had a $175,165 deficit — approximately 2.5 per cent over budget — as of Dec. 31, 2017 when Century Group had been on site for less than three months.

The deficit increased to $228,680 by Dec. 31, 2018 and $232,689 by June 30, 2019 — around the time the city took over the project.

Dundas Grightmire Arena project deficit passed $300,000 in September

City continues negotiations with contractor

News Feb 14, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

The J.l. Grightmire Arena construction project deficit reached $309,075, or approximately 4.4 per cent over its $7-million budget, by Sept. 30, 2019, according to a report to the City of Hamilton’s capital projects work-in-progress subcommittee last month.

Public works department staff did not say how much the project deficit may have increased in the past four months.

After a year of delays, the arena reopened to users in September 2019, with several additional elements and improvements not part of the original project.

The city banned Grightmire contractor Century Group from bidding on any future projects for one year starting December 2019, then extended that ban for another year starting December 2020, while negotiations for a financial settlement on the Grightmire project dragged on.

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Negotiations for a settlement public works staff expect will bring a financial credit to the city for “incomplete or deficient work” have been ongoing for more than eight months. Public works staff have refused to comment on the negotiations.

The city took over the project from Century Group in June 2019, when it was nine months overdue, and more than $175,000 over budget, completing it three months later.

According to the most recent capital projects update, to the Jan. 27 meeting of the work in progress subcommittee, the Grightmire project had cost $6,678,977 in actual expenditures plus $630,098 in commitments for a total deficit of $309,075 as of Sept. 30, 2019.

Past capital projects updates to the subcommittee indicate the Grightmire arena project last had a balanced budget in September 2017, when work was just beginning. At the time, the city reported $586,359 in actual expenditures and $6,413,641 in commitments, accounting for 100 per cent of the $7-million budget.

The next update, in May 2018, reported the project had a $175,165 deficit — approximately 2.5 per cent over budget — as of Dec. 31, 2017 when Century Group had been on site for less than three months.

The deficit increased to $228,680 by Dec. 31, 2018 and $232,689 by June 30, 2019 — around the time the city took over the project.