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Damage cost at police HQ weeks away

Transformer needs replacing

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It will be nearly two weeks before the Winnipeg Police Service discloses the financial implications of the latest setback in the construction of its new headquarters.

The price tag for replacing a police-HQ transformer damaged during an August rainstorm -- as well as the cost associated with what could be an additional seven-month delay in moving into the new downtown facility -- may be disclosed at the first finance committee meeting of the new city council.

That meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 20. Mayor Brian Bowman said he's been told the police will present the committee with a financial status report for the police headquarters project, which has cost the city $210 million to date.

The project, now $74 million over budget, was assailed by a KPMG audit that found its primary construction contract was not tendered properly, and city officials failed to disclose a guaranteed maximum price for the work was based on a design that was only 30 per cent complete and subject to change.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 7/11/2014 (1691 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

It will be nearly two weeks before the Winnipeg Police Service discloses the financial implications of the latest setback in the construction of its new headquarters.

The price tag for replacing a police-HQ transformer damaged during an August rainstorm — as well as the cost associated with what could be an additional seven-month delay in moving into the new downtown facility — may be disclosed at the first finance committee meeting of the new city council.

That meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 20. Mayor Brian Bowman said he's been told the police will present the committee with a financial status report for the police headquarters project, which has cost the city $210 million to date.

The project, now $74 million over budget, was assailed by a KPMG audit that found its primary construction contract was not tendered properly, and city officials failed to disclose a guaranteed maximum price for the work was based on a design that was only 30 per cent complete and subject to change.

Bowman, who campaigned for mayor on a platform of openness, pledged to do what he could to ensure the police service can use its new facility.

"Further delays are not welcome by any means. There's been a lot of money spent on this building, and I want to see the value for money," the mayor said on Friday, his fourth day on the job.

"I want to see the Winnipeg Police Service in that building as quickly as possible, in a cost-effective way."

Pending the conclusion of an insurance assessment, it could take as long as seven months to order and install a new transformer. The police service may choose to delay moving into the new building until that work is complete, due to the sensitive location of the transformers and the security risk posed by construction workers moving in and out of the building.

One of five transformers in the complex was damaged beyond repair during an Aug. 21 rainstorm, and all the electrical devices were impacted by moisture, city officials confirmed this week.

All were located in the same room in the lower levels of the building, whose design was amended several times. The KPMG audit criticized the design process, but did not make any explicit mention of the power supply for the building or the decision to place transformers below grade.

In a parallel development, officials disclosed the RCMP are following through on a Manitoba Justice request to review the police-headquarters audit, along with the external review of the fire-paramedic station construction program, an external audit of city real estate transactions and undisclosed "related materials."

bartley.kives@freepress.mb.ca

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