Following months of weekly construction management team meetings, Chandos Construction Ltd. will be setting up at the Creston Emergency Services Building (CESB) site, 1505 Cook Street, in preparation for the 10-month construction of the new facility. Site work is expected to begin on May 3.
Last week, Town of Creston Infrastructure Services crews extended water and sewer services into the property in preparation for site excavation and foundation work that will be starting in May. Once the water, storm and sanitary sewer services are completed to the site, Infrastructure Services crews will be undertaking the installation of all onsite systems on the property over the following weeks.
“We are so enthusiastic to be moving the Creston Emergency Services Building project forward, but even more so to be moving forward with the intent of staying local and supporting the Creston Valley in as many ways as possible,” said Michael Moore, Chief Administrative Officer. “Chandos Construction reached out to several local electrical and mechanical contractors, and we are pleased to announce that Mayday Electric of Creston and Venture Mechanical of Castlegar have been brought in to the construction management team as local design assist trade contractors, providing advice on the final electrical and mechanical design elements. Their work in finalizing the electrical and mechanical systems for the Creston Emergency Services Building will help ensure that the most cost effective systems are attained for this facility.”
In addition to the local design assist trade contractors, Chandos Construction’s site superintendent for the CESB project, David Earl, is a local resident of the Creston Valley for the past 15 years. Mr. Earl will be managing the day to day construction of the CESB and is familiar with not only the Creston Valley, but with many of the local contractors in the area.
On April 30, the first of many tender packages for the CESB project will be made available for bidding. Chandos has already been in contact with several local contractors to advise of the first of the tender packages that will be opening up for the bid process, that being the site excavation and foundation work that is scheduled to begin in May.
“To finally be breaking ground on this project is truly exciting,” said Mayor Ron Toyota. “The sheer amount of work that has been done with the intention of reducing project costs in as many ways as possible by the project consultants, the Technical Building Advisory Committee and Town staff is truly remarkable. This includes changing the building materials from primarily wood to prefabricated composite concrete panels, a reduction in the building footprint itself, and the hiring of Chandos Construction to ensure that each element of the project is at the lowest possible cost.”
The CESB prefabricated composite concrete structure panels are expected to arrive on site by late June 2021. Once the panels are established onsite, the facility will visually take shape at the property next to Pealow’s Independent Grocers. Anticipated construction completion is scheduled for the end of March 2022.
“We are looking forward to the completion of this facility”, said Mayor Ron Toyota. “Our focus has always been, and continues to be, providing a facility for our emergency responders and the community that is based upon current service levels and mandated requirements, and one that will fit with our emergency services now and into the future.”