mulberry lily pink Mould in new Lodge causes concern
Mould has caused concern about the construction of the new Cold Lake Lodge, a seniors communal living facility.
While a local construction worker claims the mould has been present on the work site since June, the provincial government, which has been overseeing the Lodge construction, said they didn’t receive any complaints about it until Oct. 28.
are certainly not going to allow any residents in there until it is completely safe to do so, said Chris Vining, chair of the Lakeland Lodge and Housing Board.
Scott Cyr, the MLA for Bonnyville Cold Lake said a former construction worker on the site raised the matter with OHS about the mould earlier than what the government claims.
worker called OH and S, warned the government of violations on July 15, and has yet to receive any response. That nearly four months ago and that is unacceptable, said Cyr when he brought the matter up in the provincial legislature during question period on Nov. 2, the day before OHS inspected the Lodge.
Lori Sigurdson, the Minister of Seniors and Housing, said the housing management body informed her office of the issue immediately.
working closely with the contractor to make sure that the workplace is safe, said Sigurdson in response to Cyr during question period.
Cyr complained to the minister, saying Cold Lake needs additional seniors housing and the new Lodge broke ground months behind schedule, pushing back the estimated completion date.
can the citizens of Cold Lake expect this facility to be completed and opened, asked Cyr.
Sigurdson told Cyr the province is looking at next year for occupancy for seniors.
have the upmost faith in our local housing foundation and the good work they do,
said Cyr. I cannot ignore what appears to be a lapse on the Ministry of Seniors and Housing and the Ministry of Labour for letting these concerns go unanswered on a Government of Alberta construction project. of Bonnyville and the Village of Glendon. However, the construction of the new lodge is overseen by the Alberta government, since they are footing the bill for the building, which will belong to the province. The Lakeland Lodge and Housing Board just runs the facility.
Workers broke ground on the lodge over the summer of 2016. Originally, it was thought construction could begin in the fall of 2015, but there have been numerous delays springs, early winters, unexpected gas and water lines in the area that needed to be worked around, large amounts of black dirt that had to be removed from the site, and the original framing contractor backed out of the project.
It was hoped that the new Lodge would open in early 2018, but this mould issue has set construction back further.
The Lodge sidewalks and parking lot were supposed to be done before winter, but that also did not happen and caused additional delays to the facility opening.
According to the minister’s office, the Lodge will now be opened by the end of 2018.
(we) need to confirm . . . a new construction timeline from Seko, added Vining.
The new lodge will have 62 rooms, which is an increase from the current facility that has 48.
The rooms will also be bigger in size square feet compared to the 110 square feet rooms.
The dining area, which will face out onto the lake, will be much larger and include a completely upgraded kitchen.
There will also be a private family room that will allow residents to have private family events such as birthday parties.
The new facility will include a fitness room, a room for programming and a fully serviced lifted tub for residents that require it.
The current Lodge was built in 1979 by the Province of Alberta and it has undergone few renovations over the years.
It is currently at capacity with more than 75 seniors on a waiting list.
Before the ground broke last year,
the Lakeland Lodge and Housing Board was pushing for a new facility for eight years and had to lobby five different ministers until Sigurdson came up to Cold Lake in 2016 to announce the $13.4 million project.