Arts cen­tre open­ing de­layed

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

From p1 Cr Gauci said as a re­sult of on­go­ing site in­spec­tions and con­tract man­age­ment meet­ings be­tween the shire’s project man­ager and the con­tracted builder it was iden­ti­fied that sev­eral of the main steel mem­bers re­quired a fire rat­ing over and above the func­tion of the fire sprin­klers.

This has re­sulted in the ap­pli­ca­tion of ver­mi­culite fire proof­ing of the main steel beams through­out the au­di­to­rium area of the cen­tre.

Cr Gauci said fire pro­tec­tion works were in­cluded in the orig­i­nal scope of works but it was not un­usual for such mat­ters to be iden­ti­fied dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase of a project of this com­plex­ity.

“To this end, the con­sul­tancy team has ad­vised that these fire pro­tec­tion works on the newly in­stalled steel struc­tural beams will take longer than first an­tic­i­pated re­sult­ing in an un­avoid­able de­lay.

“Bring­ing old build­ings up to mod­ern struc­tural and com­pli­ance codes is al­ways a mon­u­men­tal task.

“Often un­fore­seen chal­lenges are un­cov­ered the more the project pro­gresses.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed that our time frames have been pushed back, but we can as­sure the com­mu­nity that coun­cil of­fi­cers and con­trac­tors are work­ing hard to keep the ball rolling,” he said.

Cr Gauci said they were not lengthy de­lays and while they an­tic­i­pated the arts cen­tre would still re-open in Au­gust, the tim­ing would af­fect the eisteddfod and War­ragul Re­gional Col­lege.

“Our fo­cus now is to work closely with the two groups whose book­ings will be im­pacted by the de­lay.

“The arts cen­tre team have met with both groups and are as­sist­ing with al­ter­nate ar­range­ments”, Cr Gauci said.

“The num­ber one pri­or­ity in a project of this scale is de­liv­er­ing a build­ing that com­plies with all safety and build­ing codes and reg­u­la­tions to en­sure it re­mains a valu­able com­mu­nity as­set for gen­er­a­tions to come,” Cr Gauci said.

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