By Cole Parkinson
After some starts and stops during the modernization at W.R. Myers and D.A. Ferguson, things are starting to look up a bit.
While the Horizon board had expressed their frustrations in the past, things appear to be smoothing out as the modernization continues to roll on. Some of the issues brought up by the board included delays related to change orders, turnaround time and the fact the budget could not even cover the entire modernization planned.
Another big thing stressed was the fact the modernization wasn’t their project anymore as Alberta Infrastructure was the main driving force. The board is stating the work is starting to pick up steam as they head into winter.
“All major holdups that we were having, which were causing work stoppages, have been resolved so we are beyond that hopefully. Demolition is mostly complete, the firewall at Myers is complete, roofing is underway, foundations are done. Most of the concrete for the Myers administration space is complete, outside the fire lane, parking area gets asphalt (last week) and the intent is to asphalt the remaining this year but we’re still having compaction problems or lack of compaction. It will depend on weather conditions,” said Bruce Francis, vice-chair of the Horizon board.
Another positive for the Myers side of the modernization comes in the form of administration being able to go back to their normal area around the end of November.
The gyms of the two schools are still a ways off from being completely functional and back to normal.
It was reported Myers has restricted access to the gym right now though there will be no assemblies or sports tournaments in their gym until late February while D.A. Ferguson will have restricted access soon.
They were also quick to mention it didn’t mean tournaments would be cancelled, just that they would be relocated to other schools, including Central School or Barnwell School.