February 13, 2017

$24M and counting: “Spending spree” continues with Calgary City Hall renovations

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The City of Calgary continues its spending spree on renovations at city hall, including a $2.65M upgrade to the old cafeteria. 

According to an email response I received from Tamara Woolgar with City of Calgary Facility Management, this includes the Calgary Power Reception Hall, used to host dignitaries, media availabilities and city business meetings.

So what’s the justification for the millions spent?

Apparently, it’s significantly less than operating the spaces in Historic City Hall during renovations. Woolgar claims steps were taken to make sure the city was being fiscally responsible by installing LED lights and paying close attention to finishes – no mention of the Italian tile installed in the washrooms.

Of course, the city doesn’t have a cost break down of the fancy artwork and the luxurious finishes in the space because the construction manager was responsible for them under city contract. And we can’t forget the boardroom - a temporary space that council will use for secret meetings once their new space is finished.

Talk about government transparency.

The Rebel has documents showing that the city has already paid close to $24M to Ellis Don Construction for the renovation.

It will be complete by 2020 so we still have three years to go, but do you really think city hall is going to stick to their budget on this one?

That might be next to impossible if they keep splurging on that Italian tile.

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commented 2017-02-14 13:52:36 -0500
Took a long time to see that the Nench is a nut bar.
commented 2017-02-14 03:50:34 -0500
If you want to see what is ahead, then look no further than Winnipeg and the police building.
commented 2017-02-13 19:35:27 -0500
Will have to hire more public servants to staff the space. No value in structural costs added. Stamped or FAKE engineering? P.Eng society looking at this claim? Hurts their rep using name like that. Quit dissing pros!
commented 2017-02-13 18:57:35 -0500
So that is a new regressive left new speak term, ‘value engineering’. What the bloody f,ck does that mean? First guess is lining regressive left pockets.

Yes, Lloyd Nolan, vote the tax-suckers out. Get involved as a candidate, volunteer or voter in Alberta’s mid-term elections. The old Lougheed slogan, NOW, from 1971, or better, NOW MORE THAN EVER, from 1975.

Get involved in Alberta’s midterm election! The left will be at these grassroots elections, big time.
commented 2017-02-13 18:46:59 -0500
Don’t worry, Nenshi and his Councillors deserve the City Hall renovation. I mean, after all, the tax payer is a limitless resource!
commented 2017-02-13 18:27:49 -0500
Vote them out , election coming soon , this year !!