As construction on Regina’s new stadium moves along at an expected pace, work on another one of the city’s major building projects is actually going faster than expected.
The new $181-million sewage treatment plant is now 75 per cent complete.
“We’re very pleased with the progress. It is ahead of schedule and all importantly, on budget,” said Mayor Michael Fougere, out at the facility for a tour Tuesday morning.
Construction first began 18 months ago and is tentatively scheduled to be substantially complete by December 2016. That means the physical building will be all but complete at that time. Steve Stanley with EPCOR — the company building the plant — said the plant would be fully operational shortly after.
That is, unless work continues to be ahead of schedule. Stanley said things could be finished sooner.
“We’ll keep moving as fast as we can. It’s good to be ahead of schedule right now so that gives us a little bit of buffer because in any construction project there’s always things that can happen. As we move forward and we get to the point that we’re ready to start it up, we’ll start it up as soon as we can,” he explained.
The new plant will see an increase in capacity, able to handle more wastewater. It’ll also treat the water to a higher standard before releasing it. For example, the facility will remove the algae-causing nutrient phosphorous.
“The purpose of this facility is to protect downstream users,” Stanley stated.
He said most of the civil work is complete; tasks that are weather dependent such as laying concrete are mostly done. Over the winter months they’ll now move towards mechanical work, which Stanley said isn’t dependent on the weather.