City hall to receive renovation upgrades

Fire suppression improvements, accessibility lift and new oil-fire boiler to be added.

ission Monday to release a public tender for renovations to be started at city hall.

With the city’s new annex nearing completion at 411 Dunsmuir St., the main city hall building at 455 Wallace St. will undergo renovations beginning in January to accommodate staff from the city manager’s office, human resources and payroll, all of whom were formerly housed in the old annex.

Those renovations are expected to cost $800,000 and are part of the $15.7 million price tag of the new annex.

The new tender is to complete work from a previously planned and separate renovation project that will see a $150,000 fire suppression system, alarms and smoke detectors added to city hall, as well as $130,000 to replace the existing oil-fired boiler.

“That work was going to happen anyway,” said Brian Clemens, the city’s director of finance.

“So we’re basically rolling all of the renovations into one. All of the work needs to be done at the same time.”

Clemens said no new money was being added to either the total cost of the annex or the work to be done through the tender.

As part of the renovations, a two-stop accessibility lift will be installed at city hall to make it easier for people with mobility issues to access the second floor.

That $50,000 improvement will be funded through the federal government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund, and is scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2013 in order to meet deadline for the grant money.

Money for the fire suppression safety work and new oil-fired boiler will be drawn from general revenue.