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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 23, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE B1 Offtosave members THE UNFEE moremoney! Hmm. There’s still so much work to do! In the past Year, I’ve saved Cambrian members over s4,400,000 in service fees! Join Cambrian today and bank for free! Standard transaction and package account service fees refunded monthly. No superpowers required - just a monthly direct deposit, like your paycheque. www. cambrian. mb. ca • ( 204) 925- 2600 • 11 branches serving Winnipeg and Selkirk Not bad, Unfee! Not bad at all! Water and Waste Department To be eligible, you must purchase a WaterSense labelled toilet on our approved list after January 1, 2011. For more information, and to find out if you qualify: .. visit winnipeg. ca/ waterandwaste .. contact our 311 Centre, open 24 hours every day, by phone at 311 or by email at 311@ winnipeg. ca Replace your old toilet with a WaterSense labelled toilet and you could get a $ 60 credit on your utility bill. Merchants makeover / B3 CITY & BUSINESS CITY EDITOR: SHANE MINKIN 204- 697- 7292 I CITY. DESK@ FREEPRESS. MB. CA I WINNIPEGFREEPRESS. COM THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015 B 1 C ITY hall is planning a series of office moves for councillors and staff during the next three years to accommodate overdue maintenance and repairs to the 51- year- old council building that’s expected to cost about $ 4 million. The project will require some councillors to change office space three times over three years while the repairs are being carried out. All councillors, the mayor and support staff also must move temporarily into the main floor of the soon- to- be vacant Public Safety Building on Princess Street. Councillors were recently given a closed- door seminar on the need to upgrade the city council building, which will require councillors and support staff to move several times — first within the building, later temporarily to the old police headquarters, and then back into the refurbished council building. Marc Pittet, acting director of the planning, property and development department, said the administration is waiting for feedback from councillors before they go ahead with the project. “ Any time you plan a move of this magnitude, there are going to be disruptions,” said Brad Erickson, manager of municipal accommodations. “ We want to make sure our plans coincide with their plans and that we minimize the disruptions for them as much as possible.” The estimated budget for the project is $ 4.1 million, but that figure is considered a very rough estimate based on limited design plans. The final price could fluctuate from 50 per cent under budget to doubling of the estimated price ($ 2 million to $ 8.2 million). Budget plans approved by council in March reveal the city has set aside $ 8.2 million for the project and other building renovations. The total amount approved ensures city hall can cover the entire cost of the council building project, even if the cost doubles. Engineering reports obtained by the Free Press , show the roof is in poor condition. It leaks in several locations and needs to be replaced; there is air leakage at most windows and all should be replaced; and the exterior Tyndall stone cladding needs to be repointed. The report states the council building was constructed in 1964 and the roof has significantly exceeded its normal life expectancy. Councillors were told the Winnipeg Police Service should begin moving out of the old PSB, and into the new Graham Avenue facility, in September, with the move completed by July 2016. That will allow all councillors, the mayor and their staff to temporarily set up shop in the PSB until repairs and maintenance in the council building are completed. aldo. santin@ freepress. mb. ca Council building redevelopment strategy Scope of work and estimated cost total $ 4.1 million* . Roof replacement and insulation upgrade: $ 1.15 million . Window replacement: $ 265,000 . Building cladding repair: $ 135,000 . HVAC repair/ upgrading: $ 150,000 . Sprinkler- system service and installation: $ 585,000 . Fire- alarm upgrade: $ 175,000 . Asbestos abatement: $ 750,000 . Security upgrading: $ 70,000 . Furniture and fixture upgrades: $ 685,000 . Energy- efficient lighting: $ 85,000 . Accessibility upgrades: $ 50,000 * A Class 5 estimate, final cost could be 50% lower to 100% higher depending on final design Timelines and office moves . Already occurred: Office of policy and strategic initiatives ( OPSI) sets up temporarily in the south end of the east wing of council building. . Ongoing: Construction of lower- level universal washrooms. . Sept. 2015 to June 2016: Three councillors and staff on mezzanine level temporarily move into the north end of the east wing of council building; OPSI staff leave east wing and move permanently into vacated mezzanine level. . July 2016 to Nov. 2017: All councillors move into main floor of the vacated Public Safety Building on Princess Street, then move back to the east and west wings of the council building. . April 2017 to Nov. 2017: Mayor’s office and staff move from second floor to the first floor, north end of east wing of council building; into main floor of PSB; back to second- floor offices of council building. JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS $ 4- million makeover City hall repairs will force council, staff to temporarily relocate By Aldo Santin ARTIST RENDERING A conceptual design of a councillor’s office. Engineering reports show city hall is in need of many repairs. COUNCIL BUILDING AT WINNIPEG CITY HALL B_ 01_ Apr- 23- 15_ FP_ 01. indd B1 4/ 22/ 15 8: 55: 41 PM

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