Completion dates for large-scale construction projects always come with leeway -- something contractors for the SPCA facility are now facing.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
The exterior entranceway of the new Prince Albert SPCA building is seen on Monday -- a project that’s fallen a couple months behind schedule and is now set to open by the end of February.
Before pouring its concrete foundation, contractors had to install a labyrinth of underground piping more complex than anticipated.
This is a key reason behind a delay that has pushed the opening date back a couple months to the end of February, Miller Contracting representative Dan Yungwirth explained.
“There’s an awful lot of pipes going underground, there,” he said on Monday.
“Most of those rooms have a drain in them so that when it’s done, if they need to (they can) hose the room down and scrub it.”
A drive past the new SPCA building’s North Industrial Drive location this week reveals a building that’s exterior appears mostly done.
Crews are busy inside the building, Yungwirth said, noting that it’s inside the 12,000-square-foot building where the bulk of their work is done.
“We’re almost finished framing all of the interior walls,” he said. “That should be done within the next day or two. The ceiling’s dry walled already, and we’ll be starting with more of the plumbing rough-in, the electrical rough-in and that kind of stuff.”
Equipment necessary for the facility’s pet crematory will arrive within the next couple weeks -- large and heavy equipment that will pose its own unique challenge, Yungwirth said.
“It’s got a very large chimney to it, and that entails some changes to the truss design, but the engineers have that figured out and we’ve made those modifications and we’re ready to carry on,” he said.
As of this week, the New Leash on Life Campaign that’s paying for the building remains about $650,000 shy of their goal, fund development director Carol Samuels said.
We’re going full steam ahead, and things are progressing so nicely and we are so close to finishing, and we need that extra support to just get us over the edge and into the new building. Carol Samuels
The goal is to close this gap before the building opens in late February.
“It is ambitious, but we also know that the community’s been great, so we’re looking for support in however people can make a donation or lend their support,” she said.
“We’re close to being there, we just need a little help then we’re on our way.”
A number of fundraisers are in the works for the coming months, Samuels said, adding that their specifics will be announced in the next couple weeks.
One aspect to these fundraisers will be targeted donations, wherein people can direct their money toward specific things the SPCA building needs.
“There’s going to be lots of opportunities for people to provide that concrete support,” Samuels said. “It’s not just going into a total building fund.”
Upcoming fundraiser efforts will be publicized on the SPCA’s website, online at www.princealbertspca.com, Samuels said, noting that donations can also be accepted on the website through PayPal.
“We’re going full steam ahead, and things are progressing so nicely and we are so close to finishing, and we need that extra support to just get us over the edge and into the new building.”