Planning is underway for an expansion to Kal Tire Place.

Planning is underway for an expansion to Kal Tire Place.

Design contract awarded for new arena

MQN Architects of Vernon has been awarded the contract to provide prime consulting services

The first major step has been taken towards a new ice sheet in Greater Vernon.

MQN Architects of Vernon has been awarded the contract to provide prime consulting services for the design and development management of the second arena at Kal Tire Place.

“As the original designer of Kal Tire Place and the author of the feasibility study, MQN demonstrated a clear understanding of the project and what was required as the deliverables as listed in the request for proposals,” said Doug Ross, the City of Vernon’s director of recreation services.

“MQN also clearly identified the need to design a building that can be built for the fixed budget price of $13 million and emphasized the role of cost control at each step of the design/build process to ensure that the project will stay on budget.”

Four bids for the project were received and evaluated.

As part of the design phase of the project, MQN will consult with the facility’s user groups, stakeholders and members of the public.

Work will begin immediately and will include geotechnical testing, environmental impact study, stakeholder consultation, initial design work and a traffic demand study.

The target for opening of the new arena is the fall of 2018.

Brian Quiring, a Vernon city councillor, is part of the management team of MQN.

“Quiring has removed himself during all council discussions regarding the twinning of the facility in which he could have a conflict or perceived conflict of interest in the project,” states a city release.