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Aquatic Centre project secures federal and provincial funding

One of multiple thermal images taken in 2018 that confirmed pervasive problems with insulation in the Aquatic Centre. Light colours on the image at right indicate areas of significant heat loss.

The governments of B.C. and Canada are contributing $6.3 million to help repair the ageing walls, roof, and various mechanical systems at the Prince George Aquatic Centre to greatly extend its life and make it a model for energy-efficiency.

The funding will help transition the Aquatic Centre from being the city’s single-largest emitter of greenhouse gases to one of the city’s most energy-efficient facilities. The Aquatic Centre, which opened in 1998, suffers from high humidity, and air leakage into the walls and roof is contributing to the deterioration of structural components and high operating costs.

The city has been planning to repair the Aquatic Centre in order to add to its lifespan; the additional funding will allow the city to expand the scope of the project to increase insulation and air-tightness of the building envelope, improve the mechanical systems, and reduce both operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The project budget is $14.9 million. Construction is expected to commence in 2021. Federal funding comes from the Green Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Plan, while provincial funding comes from the CleanBC Communities Fund.

 “I want to express a sincere thank you to the federal and provincial governments for these significant investments in our community,” said Mayor Lyn Hall. “These projects will provide jobs, enhance quality of life for residents, improve our community’s environmental performance, and extend the life of City infrastructure – these are all significant achievements.”

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