Whitehorse – The City of Whitehorse has cancelled the City Hall Re-construction Tender after the bids received through a Request for Tender were significantly over budget by nearly $10 million.
The lowest bid received was nearly $32 million, while the City had an approved construction budget of $22 million with $17.4 million coming from external funding sources.
As a result, the City will not move forward with this particular tender and will evaluate alternative options. The City is not expecting to proceed with any building construction in 2022.
The tender was a consolidation of multiple Downtown projects, which included the Services Building, the transit hub, demolition of the decommissioned fire hall, energy efficiency upgrades to the existing City Hall, relocation of the cenotaph, and construction of a new wing.
Upgrades to the existing City Hall are still required and will need to be addressed in order to bring the building back to standards. Some of the long-standing issues include the mechanical, heating, and electrical systems, which are near end-of-life and no longer operate efficiently. Additionally, upgrades to items such as the roof and windows will need to be addressed to improve the building’s energy efficiency and reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions.
A/Manager, Strategic Communications
City of Whitehorse