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Cost of Second Avenue parkade upgrade nearly doubles; council asked to adjust budget

The cost of upgrading the city’s Second Avenue parkade has almost doubled since it was first approved three years ago.

Tonight city council will debate whether to increase the budget for the project from $2,725,000 to $5,169,446. Staff is also recommending the funds be taken from the downtown off-street parking reserve rather than borrowing.

The Second Avenue Parkade Upgrade project, estimated at $2,725,000, was included in the 2016-2020 financial capital plans and funded by Municipal Finance Authority debt, according to a report from General Manager, Engineering and Public Works Dave Dyer.

The stand-alone parkade, constructed around 1975, consists of five suspended parking levels and is located on the north side of second Avenue, centered on Brunswick Street. The parkade has a parking capacity of approximately 500 parking stalls. Currently, 278 stalls are rented out on a month by month basis.

The city issued a request for proposals to upgrade the parkade and received two bids, both exceeding the original budget estimate.

“The base prices range from $3,537,223 to $3,978,000,” according to Dyer’s report. “RFPs are awarded based on a weighted scoring matrix that includes project experience, project methodology, historical performance, compliance and cost.”

The City recently completed upgrades to the Fifth Avenue Parkade in 2018. Based on this experience, Dyer wrote, the city and consultant adjusted the scope, quantity of concrete repair, and contingency for the Second Avenue Parkade. The scope increases are as follows:

  • Replacement of the traffic deck coating, which has deteriorated significantly since 2013.
  • Painting of all steel instead of spot repairs.
  • Replacement of expansion joints.
  • Renewing electrical components such as: installation of new panel boards, re-wiring of the branch circuit, luminaire replacement, lighting and snow melt controller replacement, installation of occupancy sensors, exit sign replacement, fire alarm system replacement and installation of bonding conductors.
  • Upgrade of the tenants’ washrooms.
  • Increased delamination of the suspended top slab surface concrete from when the inspection was performed and report prepared in 2013, and subsequent funding approved in 2016.

“Recently, the city has experienced increases in material and labour costs in the range of 15-20 per cent on tendered projects,” Dyer wrote. “This, combined with the scope, quantity of concrete repair and contingency, results in a revised budget request.”

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