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Construction company briefly stopped work on stadium

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Meetings are slated for this week between Stuart Olson Dominion Construction, BBB Stadium and the Winnipeg Football Club to resolve the situation.

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The construction company that built Investors Group Field stopped conducting work on the city’s new football stadium for four days due to a funding shortfall.

In a letter to stadium subcontractors, dated Nov. 8, Stuart Olson Dominion Construction vice-president Rick Graumann said his company suspended all "warrantee work and extra work" on the 33,500-seat stadium at the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus — and asked subcontractors to support "the unusual but necessary action."

The letter from Graumann referred to "payment arrears" from BBB Stadium Inc., the entity created by the city, province, Winnipeg Football Club and university to build Investors Group Field. It also refers to a "funding shortfall" from the stadium stakeholders.

"Effective immediately, we have suspended until further notice all work on the these project sites as it relates to any outstanding deficiencies, warrantee work and extra work under change orders or change directives," Graumann wrote.

In a second letter, dated Nov. 12, Graumann told stadium construction manager Ossama AbouZeid that Stuart Olson Dominion had retracted its earlier letter and would do the work.

In a telephone interview, Graumann declined to comment on the brief dispute.

"We’re currently in discussions with BBB," he said.

The Winnipeg Football Club has been asked to comment on the situation.

Investors Group Field was built for $204 million. The Winnipeg Football Club had funding in place for $200 million of that tab.

What appeared to be in contention is the responsibility for the additional $4 million worth of work, some of which related to changes to the stadium design.

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Updated on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM CST: Writethru.

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