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Ontario Construction News staff writer
Wasaga Beach launched launch construction of a new twin-pad arena and library this week with a ground-breaking ceremony and a $1 million donation from Zancor Homes.
“This marks a historic moment in our community as we officially start the construction phase for a building that will serve the needs of current and future residents,” said Mayor Nina Bifolchi.
“Entertainment, healthy living, learning, and sports will take place in this new space, touching lives in so many positive ways.”
The mayor announced the community fundraising campaign, thanking Zancor and the Cortellucci family – owners of the company – for the donation towards the project. Zancor has a long history of building in Wasaga Beach and a real track record of local philanthropy.
“This sizeable donation is greatly appreciated and is a terrific way to begin our fundraising efforts. We aim to raise more than $1.7-million for this project and I encourage people to visit our campaign website to learn how they can contribute,” Bifolchi said.
Fabrizio Cortellucci said Zancor is pleased to be a part of such an important development.
“The Cortellucci family and Zancor Homes build in Wasaga Beach because we believe in this community. Wasaga Beach is a truly great place to live and we are so proud to be a part of it,” he said.
“We know that the twin-pad arena and library will be a real gathering place for people and it honours us to play a role in making this important new space a reality.”
Earlier this month, council awarded a $43.4-million stipulated price contract to Aquicon Construction Company Ltd. to build the new facility. Aquicon’s price falls well in line with the council approved $59-million budget for the project.
“Aquicon is delighted for the opportunity to deliver the Wasaga Beach twin-pad arena and library project. We look forward to working closely with the town, consulting and trade partners to bring this exciting community space to life,” company president Daniel Aquino said.
Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2023.
The 117,669-sq. ft. joint-use facility will include two NHL-size ice surfaces, an indoor walking track, a modern library with proper program space, and meeting rooms.
The overall budget for the project is $59,970,306. The construction component of the budget is $44,573,921. Aquicon’s price, including HST, is $44,245,248.