Timms Centre contract of $12.5 million awarded from Langley City

Langley City has officially hired the team of D.G.S. Construction and Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) to build the new Timms Community Centre beside City hall.

The City put put a design-build call, and has been in negotiation with D.G.S. and HCMA over the past several months to finalize the design elements.

On July 21, City council formally awarded the contract worth $12.468 million. The total budget for the project is $14.3 million.

At the same council meeting, Councillor Dave Hall’s motion to get staff to prepare a report on expected staffing changes required with the new larger community centre was defeated.

“As we move towards an opening date of December 2015, surely in the next round of budget discussions we should have before us some vision of what the staffing levels should be,” he said.

Coun. Gayle Martin said she did not support Hall’s motion because “our staff is a very competent staff.”

“I’m sure that our staff are going to come in to us in plenty of time with what they need,” she said.

Martin said council already knows it’s going to cost a lot more to operate the new centre.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of Councillor Hall not having faith in our staff,” commented Coun. Rosemary Wallace.

Administrator Francis Cheung said staff have been looking at the issue during the planning phases for the new facility.

The completion date remains December 2015 despite some hydro issues. The plan is to break ground by late August 2014, he explained.

The former Timms centre was demolished to make way for the new centre because it could not be upgraded without substantial cost.

The City attempted to find public/private partnerships and other cost-sharing options but they failed and the City will go it alone on the project.

At 35,000 square feet, the new centre will be about double the size of the old Timms, but will consume about half as much energy compared to similar community centres thanks to LED lights, heat recover and reuse, and extra insulation.

The facility also includes an elevated walking track above the gymnasium, change rooms, a spin room, weight room, 62 more parking stalls, a fitness room with ballet bar and sprung wood floors, meeting space, a community kitchen and more.

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