A lack of vapour barriers in parts of the Tournament Capital Centre fieldhouse is costing the City nearly $1 million in repairs.
Jeff Putnam, parks and civic facilities manager, said Friday the City will try to get the money back from the building's designer and contractor, Stantec Architecture and D & T Developments, respectively, for the estimated $855,000 in repair work.
City council has already voted to take the money out of reserves to get the repairs going while staff continue to talk with the two companies about covering the cost of the work.
"City council made a good decision to move forward with the repairs and get more certainty with the costs. I understand the City's in a good position from a legal standpoint to recover costs. That process has just begun," he said.
"We've just had initial conversations. Typically, they would have insurance for something like that."
Putnam said small leaks have been noticed since the building opened in 2007, mainly on the upper concourse and on the lower level across from the gym. They weren't considered serious, initially.
"But last year, they were getting to the point where they were getting serious. They've intensified over the years," he said.
Pinpointing the problem has cost the City $18,000.
The fieldhouse is an unusually large building in a climate zone that can see wide variations in temperature within a 24-hour period.
Warm inside air is intruding into the walls, condensation is forming and it's dripping down into the insulation and pooling on the floors.
Some of the walls don't have any vapour barrier, so it must be installed from the outside, Putnam said.
"We have to peel off the outer metal cladding, remove the insulation, ensure vapour barrier is put in and replace the insulation and cladding," he said.
There are also a couple of places where water was coming through during heavy rainfall. Some bolts didn't have proper sealant around them, he said.
But that problem was minor compared to the condensation issue.
"When it's been at its worst, we may have had 12 to 14 buckets along the concourse area. It's never been a safety problem or in terms of water damage for the building. It's more aesthetics and comfort for the building users," he said.
"We're moving forward getting it fixed and it's not going to impact the comfort of our patrons."
The City's intent is to recover all its costs.