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Work moving ahead on Vernon multiplex expansion

A conceptual drawing of the Kal Tire Place expansion project.
Image Credit: City of Vernon
December 12, 2016 - 3:05 PM

VERNON - Vernon council got its first look at a multi-million dollar arena expansion project today.

The $13 million investment, which voters endorsed in a referendum last year, will see a new wing built onto Kal Tire Place. The addition features an NHL-sized ice sheet designed to replace the aging Civic Arena.

“It looks like it’s really going to look wonderful,” Coun. Scott Anderson said after seeing conceptual drawings of the project.

In addition to the new ice sheet, the facility also includes seating for 400 people, program areas, a dryland training facility, multi-purpose room and office space. There will also be space available for commercial leases. The design includes 48 new parking stalls adjacent to 43 Avenue.

Council heard today, Dec. 12, the project is on schedule and moving to tender Jan. 9. Recreation services director Doug Ross said the goal is to break ground in March and open the facility around September 2018.

The project has a fixed budget of $13 million, and so far Ross believes they’re on target.

“The actual cost to complete the project will only be determined by putting the project out to the construction market,” Ross said.

MQN Architects was hired to design the facility.

Conceptual drawing of Vernon multiplex.
Conceptual drawing of Vernon multiplex.
Image Credit: City of Vernon

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