On our radar: Confederation Building renovations

Published on January 4, 2014
The front entrance area and floors directly above it at the Confederation Building on Prince Philip Drive remain shrowded as workers on the inside continue the renovations to the province’s legislative building.

— Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

It’ll be November before the windows are all replaced and the scaffolding comes down from Confederation Building, according to the most recent estimate provided by the provincial government Friday afternoon.

When the contract was initially awarded to Olympic Construction Ltd., replacing the windows and fixing the brick was supposed to cost about $34.3 million. That cost has since ballooned to $51.1 million.

“Once Olympic began the removal of brick adjacent to windows, it was revealed that the deterioration was more extensive than anticipated, and the required repairs would be beyond the scope of the original contract,” a government emailed statement said.

“Initial plans called for the replacement of one per cent of the limestone, 20 per cent of exterior brick and 100 per cent of window and roofing systems. The new scope of work significantly expanded to include replacement of 100 per cent of limestone and 50 per cent of brick.”

By the time it’s all said and done, the work will have been going for five years; the first windows were replaced in 2009.