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CUPlex construction set to begin

The long-awaited construction is about to begin on the site of the Credit Union CUPlex in North Battleford.

The long-awaited construction is about to begin on the site of the Credit Union CUPlex in North Battleford.

The city is saying the two contractors selected to build the theater and the aquatic centre components both expect to be set up at the location along Carlton Trail within the next couple of weeks.

According to North Battleford Parks and Recreation Director Stuart York, water and sewer infrastructure work is almost complete and the next step is to move ahead with construction.

APM Construction are busy setting up equipment and surveying and determining where the building levels are on the site of the Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts, the component they will be responsible for.

"They have been surveying the earth around and preparing the site for doing foundations and forms," said York.

It is hoped APM will start to pour the foundations for the theater in the coming two weeks, he said.

They have been in contact with their steel manufacturer as well and it is hoped steel will be on site by October. If things go well with the foundations it is expected the steel girders will start going up the end of October.

"So it will start to take shape and look like a building," York said, and people will see visible progress there.

Jen Col Construction, awarded the contract for the Battlefords Co-op Aquatic Centre in August, are a couple of weeks behind APM in the grand scheme of things. York said he expects they will arrive next week with a work trailer to serve as a site office.

York said he plans to meet this week with the site superintendent and have a full discussion meeting as well. He expects Jen Col will be meeting with APM as well to discuss site logistics as they work alongside one another.

York said the project will be a major one with the work expected to take place over a period of two years. He said that 20 to 24 months has always been the time frame discussed for completion of the two major facilities. He added the curling rink and field house are more likely to be built over a shorter time frame.

"Things are moving forward, it's pretty exciting," York said.

The City has confirmed a request for proposals from potential design build contactors for the curling facility and the field house, should be issued early next week.

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