Roof problem precipitates delay to grand opening

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PROVINCIAL TRAINING CENTRE

A lingering problem with a leaking roof has pushed back the official opening of the new Provincial Training Centre to the end of June.

The $6.8 million facility replaces the Provincial (Torbay) Training Centre, which closed in 2002 after it fell into disrepair.

A lingering problem with a leaking roof has pushed back the official opening of the new Provincial Training Centre to the end of June.

The $6.8 million facility replaces the Provincial (Torbay) Training Centre, which closed in 2002 after it fell into disrepair.

The new building, situated on Crosbie Road in St. John's adjacent to the Swilers Rugby Complex, will have state-of-the-art equipment and can accommodate a number of sports.

Facility manager of and high-performance director Rod Snow said early poor weather didn't help construction of the facility, which was originally slated to open last November. Despite the leaks, Snow said there has been "absolutely no floor damage.

"At the end of the day," he said, "it's a pre-fabricated steel building and these buildings do allow a certain amount of water in and our job is to manage it. It's a maintenance issue, but it's not serious."

Snow said there were also some equipment issues to be worked out, but most of the basic equipment, estimated at $500,000, is in place.

"It's all high-end stuff and we wanted to be patient to make sure we got the right equipment," he said.

Paving of the parking lot, also delayed due to poor weather, should be completed by early next month.

Snow said various representatives of sport governing bodies who have viewed the facility are more than pleased with it.

"They can't wait to get in. It's everything they hoped it would be and more," said Snow.

"We've been waiting over five years for this new building so a little delay is not the end of the world for us."

Main tenants will include basketball, volleyball, athletics, gymnastics, rugby, Special Olympics and Newfoundland and Labrador section of Skate Canada.

There is a high-performance part of the facility which can cater to any sport in the province. There is also a large boardroom for seminars, annual meetings and audio-visual classes.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Provincial Training Centre, Special Olympics

Geographic location: Crosbie Road, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

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