Chelsea, Quebec’s Meredith Centre plans unveiled


by admin on April 21, 2011

The design of the Meredith Centre hockey rink and conference rooms

A combination community centre and hockey arena has been in the planning stages for some time, and finally its design is available in greater detail.

The $9.8-million Meredith Centre in Chelsea, Quebec will include an NHL-sized ice surface, along with a community centre and meeting areas totaling 4,312 square metres.

The plan shows in detail the layout of the changing rooms and showers and a summary of building materials used such as gypsum floors and concrete walls.

It also loosely describes the future gymnasium – a component that had to be from the original footprint because it did not fit within budget – as having a similar look to the rest of the building.

Surrounded by soccer fields and a 110-car parking lot, the building will neighbour Chelsea Elementary School on Old Chelsea Road.

The final picture has been drawn after months of heated controversy among Chelsea residents, several design changes and budget constraints. The project, steered into reality by Chelsea Foundation efforts, squeaked past a divisive referendum vote – 53 to 47 –  on a borrowing bylaw in 2009.

Many residents are still pressing council about costs for the water and sewage system as neither is plainly laid out in the Request for Proposal (RFP). Council members say the plan has contingency money set aside for a stand-alone water and sewer system if municipal infrastructure does not move forward.

Pomerlau Inc, an Eastern Canada-based construction company, painted the design plan picture and will build the centre for $8.2 million. The remaining $1.6 million is set aside for professional fees.

Two grants, split evenly between the federal and provincial governments, will cover $6.1 million of the centre’s final cost.

Construction of the Meredith Centre building is due to be completed in December and the doors will open in January.