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“The testing and waiting through freeze-thaw cycles with the original roof was required to see if the repairs undertaken resolved the leaking and were successful,” she said in an email. “Because a different system is being installed over the entire roof, there is no need for a trial period and EPS can occupy the space as soon as possible.”
The new home of the EPS northwest division is already delayed by more than a year and a half, initially expected to open in early 2019. The cost of the project rose by $12.6 million as a result of the roof woes, initially starting at $107 million.
But the city is seeking compensation for the increased cost of repairs and the lengthy delay througha lawsuit launched last December against more than 30 defendants involved in construction of the building. A city audit into the project has also been conducted, but is currently being held in private. It is scheduled to be released once litigation is complete.
Coun. Tim Cartmell, who sits on the Edmonton Police Commission, said EPS is continuing to incur rental costs as they wait for the new building and is hopeful it can open as soon as possible.
“We’ve got space that is purpose-built that’s not being used for its intended purpose,” he said. “Time is money and so the sooner we get this solved and get the police service moved in, the better we’re all for it.”
EPS deferred comment to the city since construction of the building is still underway. Once open, the police campus north of Anthony Henday Drive off 127 Street will be home to an arrest processing facility and a recruitment training centre.