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July 14, 2016

Sod-turning celebrates start of construction on the new Windsor Park Library

Released: 10:12 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Representatives from the City of Winnipeg and David Penner Architects/Helio Rodrigues h5 Architecture were on hand today for the sod-turning to officially kick off construction on the new Windsor Park Library.

“It’s great to see construction beginning on a new, modernized Windsor Park Library,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I’m proud to play a role in revitalizing our communities through projects like this which will be utilized by the community for many years to come.”

“The new Windsor Park Library moving next to the Bonivital pool will create an innovative hub where individuals and families can gather to exercise both body and mind,” said Matt Allard, City Councillor for St. Boniface.

“Winnipeg Public Library is very excited to be breaking ground on a new library in Windsor Park,” said Rick Walker, Manager of Library Services. “The new Windsor Park Library will be a fully accessible, energy efficient signature building that addresses the changing needs of library service that we heard during our Strategic Planning process.”

The new 8,000 square foot signature library will include:

  • An enlarged multi-use program room
  • Multiple computer stations
  • Ample study and leisure reading space
  • A universally accessible design
  • A design to LEED Silver standard of energy efficiency
  • A beautiful park setting
  • Plenty of parking, up to 25 stalls
  • Site-specific artwork by local artist Simon Hughes, in partnership with the Winnipeg Arts Council.

The new library will be located adjacent to the Bonivital Pool and Windsor Park Golf course. The project, the second library replacement under the Council-approved Library Redevelopment Strategy, will see construction of the new facility beginning in August 2016, with an anticipated completion date in 2017. City of Winnipeg funding in the amount of $4,704,700 is has been earmarked for this project.

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Louise Bridge to be completely closed for maintenance from July 16 to 24

Motorists should use alternate routes such as Provencher Bridge or Disraeli Bridges

Released: 10:22 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Louise Bridge will be completely closed to traffic from Nairn Avenue to Sutherland Avenue, starting at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, July 16 and reopening at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. The bridge closure is for general bridge maintenance including concrete deck repairs, expansion joint repairs and asphalt resurfacing.

Pedestrian access to the west sidewalk will be maintained.

Access to the Buchanan Marine Boat Launch will also be maintained.

Motorists should use alternate routes such as the Provencher Bridge or Disraeli Bridges while maintenance work is underway.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

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Mayor's Office to be temporarily relocated to Administration Building to accommodate Council Building redevelopment

Released: 11:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB. -â�Today, the Mayor and his staff will begin moving to their temporary location in the Administration Building located at 510 Main Street to accommodate the redevelopment of the Council Building. The Administration Building is located directly across the Courtyard from the Council Building.

This long overdue redevelopment work is required to maintain the City Council Building and to meet current safety system and building code requirements.

Starting July 14, 2016, the Mayor and his staff will be moving to the 2nd floor of the Administration Building. The construction is scheduled to be completed by spring 2017.

The Council Building is over 50 years old and was designated a heritage building in January of 2015.

A number of deficiencies with the Council Building were identified in a report completed in 2002 and updated in 2012. They include:

  • The roof has reached the end of its useful life and new insulation technologies exist to improve energy efficiency;
  • The clerestory windows are leaking and require replacement, which would improve energy efficiency; and
  • Repointing the Tyndall stone façade is required to prevent further water damage  to the building envelope.

These deficiencies will be addressed as part of the building redevelopment project.

Health and life safety enhancements will be made to the building including asbestos abatement, fire detection, fire suppression and alarm system improvements to meet current code.

Work on the Council Building started in the summer of 2015 with roof repairs, followed by Tyndall stone repointing in the fall, continuing into the spring of 2016.

The total cost of the Council Building redevelopment project is expected to be $4.1 million.

The Council Chamber and the two Committee rooms within the Council Building will remain open and operational during this time.

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July 14, 2016