Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of Burlington’s contractors are set to begin the demolition of Skyway Arena in early October, followed by construction of the new Skyway Community Centre.
The construction contract was awarded to Norlon Builders London Limited for $37 million and construction is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2024.
Staff worked with the design team Lennox Architects Inc. to design a facility that will reduce annual emissions from a standard design by approximately 85% as there will be no use of gas at this facility.
- The mechanical system for this facility will include geothermal as well as the use of recovered heat from the refrigeration plant to heat portions of the facility
- A zero emissions electric ice-resurfacer will be used at this facility instead of the standard compressed natural gas resurfacers
- Roof structure to support future solar panels
“The new Skyway Community Centre will be a state of art community facility and designed to be consistent with achieving our goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. The park and building will be a key feature,” said Allan Magi, executive director, environment, infrastructure and community services.
The 47,000 sq. ft. building is expected to open in the second quarter of 2024, including:
- NHL-sized ice pad (85’x200’)
- Spectator seating with accessibility options
- Lobby with furnishings, self service area, customer service area and offices
- Warm and cold viewing areas with accessibility options
- Universal washroom
- Six change rooms with showers and washrooms (one designated accessible)
- Multi-use program space with kitchenette and exterior doors
Three lane indoor walking-track
The project originally started in 2019, but was paused due to COVID-19 and challenges with federal grants.
“The new building will have community rooms and features the existing building did not have, and the ice surface and dressing rooms will be much improved; all of which are things we’ve heard from facility users. We’re looking forward to adding this facility to our programming and rental options.”