No Fanfare For Lansdowne Construction

- June 8th, 2012

Well, I don’t know if the city was ever planning a big groundbreaking event for the Lansdowne Park redevelopment, but surely the tree controversy along Holmwood Ave. earlier this week took the fanfare out of the occasion.

Instead, to celebrate today, we get a press release/community heads up, which I pasted below.

Actually, there was a groundbreaking of sorts last November before the south-side stands at Frank Clair Stadium came down. And during that event, Mayor Jim Watson vowed many more groundbreakings related to the redevelopment.

I really do believe there will be many other groundbreakings (photo ops) at Lansdowne in the coming years.

But I’m sure the mayor and other councillors would have liked a ceremony to mark this milestone, too.

City begins construction at Lansdowne

Ottawa The City will commence preliminary construction activities at Lansdowne during the week of June 11, 2012.

Further to the notice issued on May 22, 2012, the City has awarded the first two Lansdowne Park construction contracts authorized by City Council on May 9, 2012.

The first tender was awarded to EllisDon Corporation and includes:
• Foundation construction for the relocation of the Horticulture Building;
• Demolition of the Coliseum Building;
• Excavation and remediation of soils located beneath and adjacent to the buildings;
• Other related work including relocation of utilities and the removal of trees.

EllisDon is a major construction contractor and has a local Ottawa office on Queensview Drive. EllisDon was a pre-qualified contractor for the Lansdowne project and has recently completed a number of major projects including the Algonquin College Centre for Construction Excellence, the Baseline Station Tunnel and the Woodroffe Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.

Following are the activities that EllisDon Corporation.is expected to undertake at Lansdowne in the next two weeks:

• Mobilizing and setting up site trailer;
• Installing modular chain link fence to the area east of the Horticulture Building to the baseball diamonds;
• Disconnecting power to parking lot lights in the contract area;
• Removing trees along Holmwood Avenue between Horticulture Building and the baseball diamonds;
• Removing trees around the Horticulture Building
• Excavating a four-feet-deep by 30-feet-wide trench around the Horticulture Building to accommodate the installation of steel beams;
• Relocating contaminated material from excavation at berm location;
• Placing clean fill from excavation in temporary storage location within the contract area.

The contract includes the removal of trees on Holmwood Avenue. Approximately 60 trees will be removed as part of current construction tender in order to access the contaminated soil for remediation and to begin preliminary work for the move of the Horticulture Building.

The City will only remove the trees that are required to do the current works (to ensure operational safety and access).

The Lansdowne revitalization project contains a detailed tree-planting plan for both Holmwood Avenue and for the entire redevelopment.

The Holmwood Tree Planting plan includes detailed conditions for soil, drainage, grading, size, spacing and species of tree to ensure acceptable site conditions for future tree planting at Lansdowne.

Existing trees that need to be removed as part of the Lansdowne implementation will be replaced following the City of Ottawa Tree Replacement Policy and the conditions set out in the Lansdowne Tree Planting plan.
The second contract was awarded to CDS Building Movers for construction management services related to the relocation and the initiation of the adaptive re-use of the Horticulture Building.

CDS Building Movers is a structural moving and consulting company dedicated to the preservation and recycling of historically significant buildings and structures.

The activities that CDS Building Movers is expected to undertake at Lansdowne in the next two weeks includes the removal of asbestos in the Horticulture Building and the removal of Horticulture windows and doors.

There will be significant activity at Lansdowne over the next year. The City is committed to ensure residents are fully informed of activities on this project. As construction work gets underway, information will be provided on Ottawa.ca.

Work on the first contract is expected to begin the week of June 11, 2012 and be completed in November 2012. Structural works to stabilize the relocated Horticulture Building will be ongoing until March 2013.

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