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Emergency services complex construction two weeks behind schedule

Priority being given to academic wing: Northern College president
2017-01-03 Northern College SUB
Work on the Integrated Emergency Services Complex at Northern College is two weeks behind schedule. College president Fred Gibbons said the architects and contractor are confident the time can be made up. Supplied photo

While nearly all of the structural steel for the new Integrated Emergency Services Complex is up, the project is slightly behind schedule.

According to an update from Northern College, more than 90 per cent of the steel for the project is in place, with construction crews also working on roof decking and laying masonry block. In the fall, roadways, drainage, sewer, gas and water services were installed. 

“During our last construction progress meeting our architects and contractor confirmed that we are two-weeks behind schedule, but both parties expressed confidence that this time will be made up within the next 6-weeks,” said college president Dr. Fred Gibbons.

The facility is being built where the soccer fields were previously located on the east side of the property, across from the Porcupine Mall.

It will house training labs and garages, simulation rooms for specialized training and video conference technology.

Once it’s completed, the Whitney Volunteer Fire Department will also relocate from Dixon Street to the college.

“We have a very ambitious schedule to adhere to in order to ensure that classes commence next September. Priority is being given to the academic wing within the new building, while the City of Timmins Whitney Fire Department and the Cochrane District Social Services Board EMS wing will likely see completion in late September,” Gibbons added.

In late 2016, the provincial and federal government each committed $5.5 million for the project, with the city later committing up to $2 million. The city has also entered into a 99-year lease with the school.

Last year, volunteer firefighters spoke out against the move, with response times being one of the main concerns by relocating the Whitney station.