VVI Construction recently completed the expansion of the Vernon Multi-Use Facility is underway, and is proud to announce that the Kal-Tire Place North was handed over to the city of Vernon On Time and On Budget. In May 2017 VVI was awarded the construction of the new 400 seat arena at the existing Kal Tire Place in Vernon, BC. The project consists of the construction of an additional NHL size ice surface and seating for 400. The main floor has a front lobby with administrative office, a concession, public washrooms, change room facilities and elevator. The seating is located on the second floor along with a dryland training facility and additional leasable space and connection to adjoining arena.

The structure is a non-combustible construction, a combination of steel and concrete suspended slab, columns and walls with infill CMU. Exterior finishes include Kingspan composite insulated wall panels, CMU veneer and corrugated wall cladding over an exterior insulation system. VVI’s contract also included the expansion of existing refrigeration to accommodate new ice sheet and installation of new HVAC systems with dehumidification. Civil works entailed removal of existing site material and existing subsurface drainage and provision of compacted structural fill and adjustment to hard landscaping.

VVI’s management team coordinated and supervised the work of multiple subtrades while also supplementing with own-forces labour as needed. As the project included several sophisticated building systems, including the expansion of the refrigeration plant, mechanical system, building envelope, etc., a thorough understanding of construction principles and a keen eye for detail was required on a daily basis. With over 20 subtrades performing work on the project, planning and coordinating were of the utmost importance in the project’s successful delivery.

Throughout the project VVI has worked closely with the City’s Representatives, MQN Architects and the other consultant teams to ensure the project delivery within target schedule and budget. The city of Vernon was able to host a grand opening on September 7, and the project received a number of positive reviews.