The City has hired an industry expert on leaky buildings to examine the Tournament Capital Centre fieldhouse.
The building has had condensation problems for the past few years from what turned out to be a lack of vapour barriers when it was built.
City parks and civic facilities manager Jeff Putnam said Monday the fix is still estimated at $855,000, which includes the inspection going on now by a Vancouver company that deals with leaky buildings.
“We have engaged an industry expert to get another opinion. They’re doing tests involving smoke and air flow and thermal imaging,” he said.
“Unless we get some really new information, we don’t expect that number ($855,000) to change.”
The plan is to remove the exterior siding in the areas as needed to replace insulation and install vapour barriers before closing up the walls.
“We hope to get more certainty after they’re done, it takes three or four days,” said Putnam.
The City is in talks with building designer Stantec Architecture and contractor D & T Developments to cover the cost of the repairs.
“Our position was to recover all the costs. We don’t think we should be paying for these repairs. But we need to get them fixed and with minimal impact on our users,” he said.
Putnam said talks with the two companies are proceeding “in a positive way,” but he didn’t know exactly where they were at.
The condensation problems flare up when temperatures outside are cold and air inside is warm. The moisture build-up has reached the point where puddles form on the floors.
At its worst, a dozen buckets have been used to contain the leakage.
The main problem areas are the upper concourse and lower level across from the gym.