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.