Alberta ordered to pay $13M to Grande Prairie hospital subcontractors, others

A court has ordered that nearly $13 million in Alberta government funds be paid to subcontractors and others involved in the bidding of a new hospital in Grande Prairie.

In September, the province terminated a contract with Calgary-based Graham Construction, which it had been at odds with over the timeline and costs of the $763-million project.

No reasons for the Court of Queen’s Bench order were released.

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New $23-million residual treatment centre to begin construction in June

A new $23-million particulates treatment plant to enhance water quality in the Red Deer River will help kick off the summer construction season.

The facility is planned as the final stage of a $90-million, multi-year upgrade to Red Deer’s water treatment plant.

It is expected to improve the quality of river water by removing traces of chemicals used in treatment.

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Passenger service and land development key to Red Deer Airport success

The vision for Red Deer Airport’s success is getting a little clearer.

Last week, design drawings for a new terminal were received, another step toward providing crucial infrastructure, including a bigger apron, to attract scheduled passenger service, said board chairman Ben Antifaiff on Thursday.

“Our terminal in its current state is not of sufficient size to attract any scheduled passenger carriers,” Antifaiff said.

“Right now, we can’t de-plane an aircraft. We need to build that capability,” he said after the airport’s annual […]

Exhibition Hall at Westerner Park in Red Deer officially open

Westerner Park’s newest facility is officially open.

The grand opening for Exhibition Hall, a 70,000-square-foot structure connecting the Stockmens Pavilion to Agricentre West was held Saturday.

“There are so many possibilities with (the facility) … and I’m very excited about the future of this space and the future of Westerner Park,” said Bradley Williams, Westerner Park CEO.

“The versatility of this room and what we can do with it will be amazing for not just Westerner Park, but for Red Deer and […]

Normandeau apartment development approved

Normandeau could get a significant residential boost.

The municipal planning commission approved by a 3-2 vote a development permit for the construction of two four-storey apartments off Norquay Street near Normandeau School. The apartments would join four others on the site.

Some neighbours in the area voiced their objection to the project, arguing it would create traffic and parking problems and was too big a development for the area.

City planners recommended approval of the project, noting additional parking and access points […]

Building permit values rise in April

Building permit values were up $3 million in April compared to values last month. 

Year-to-date building permit values remain lower than the first four months of 2018 but the total number of permits has increased slightly. Industrial permit values took a strong leap over last year; however, commercial permit values have dropped. 

Notable permits for April include construction of interior space for a new tenant at Bower Mall and construction of a gas station and convenience store at 10 Vermont Avenue. 

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New City Manager appointed

Red Deer Mayor and City Council are pleased to announce the appointment of a new City Manager, Allan Seabrooke, starting May 13. Seabrooke most recently held roles as the Chief Administrative Officer and Commissioner of Community Services with the City of Peterborough.

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Red Deer architect to receive international award

A Red Deer architect will be receiving international recognition for innovative designs for seniors at an awards ceremony in England in June.

George Berry of Berry Architecture + Associates will receive an award for best seniors design architect from Open Eye Corporation, which researches seniors housing and likes to spotlight worthy companies.

“They do a lot of research on global development on some of the new trends in seniors housing,” said Berry about Open Eye.

Open Eye produces several online publications including […]

Work ramping up this spring in Red Deer’s Capstone

Next week, Alexander Way will shut down in Capstone at Riverlands and construction will move forward this season on river walk trails and Canada 150 Square.

Cory Edinga, Riverlands project manager, said work started in April in front of Carnival Cinemas and Sentinel Storage and will continue on Alexander Way.

He said Alexander Way will close on May 8 for the season to allow for roadway work.

“There’s still a significant amount of work left there this year, but as sections of […]

Red Deer commemorates National Day of Mourning

Red Deer City Hall Park was the site Monday of a National Day of Mourning Ceremony to remember Alberta workers injured or killed on the job.
Hosted by the Parkland Regional Safety Committee, the event also included members of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, Manufactures Health and Safety Association and the Red Deer Construction Association.

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