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NEWS: Iqaluit February 04, 2013 - 6:45 am

Iqaluit hires firm to manage aquatic centre project

National firm MHPM calls it “unique opportunity”


The City of Iqaluit has hired a company to manage its aquatic centre project, a city news release said Feb 1.

Last October the ratepayers of Iqaluit said in a referendum that the City of Iqaluit could borrow up to $40-million to build the new facility.

The company, MHPM Project Managers Inc., will oversee the city’s plan for the aquatic centre, which includes a 25-metre six-lane pool, a leisure pool, a hot tub, two saunas, three change rooms, a waterslide, a party and training room, a fitness centre, an aerobics room, a food and beverage area, an elders area and leasable space for wellness or sports-related businesses.

However, there are unique considerations when completing a project in an Arctic environment, Franklin Holtforster, the MHPM president and CEO said.

“Enabling full use of the brief summer construction season means careful timing of marine shipments and considering multiple work shifts. There are geotechnical and environment factors to consider,” he said.

MHPM is looking forward to the project, calling it a “unique opportunity.”

The project management company, with one of its slogans being “success or failure, your choice,” is experienced in large-scale projects.

That will contribute to the successful delivery of the aquatic centre, Iqaluit’s mayor, John Graham said.

“We are pleased that MHPM is on board to help the city with this important project.  The aquatic centre will help us meet the needs of our growing community and contribute to the health and well-being of our residents,” he said.

The city has indicated that the project should be as “sustainable and energy efficient as possible, and meet LEED [leadership in energy and environmental design] Silver requirements.”

The project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

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