Beach work will go
By Marshall Bellamy
EIGHT, SEVEN... The clock is ticking for Homecoming weekend
and the newly revamped Concrete Beach is yet to be finished.
Where's Bob Vila when you need him?
The uncanny observer may have noticed the
Concrete Beach renovations are still not complete, but Western's
favourite construction nightmare will be done soon, hopefully.
"It looks like it'll be finished Oct.
15," said Paul Tomlinson, manager of building services
for the University Students' Council, adding the projected date
of completion was agreed upon by physical plant at Western and
Sarnia's Cope Construction, the contractor responsible for the
reconstruction of the Beach.
According to Tomlinson, the delay in construction
stems from difficulties from the American supplier of the roof
component for the pavillion planned for the Concrete Beach.
The part for the pavillion is critical for
the construction project because the structure cannot go up
without the piece, Tomlinson stated, adding the piece was scheduled
to arrive on Sep. 9 but supply difficulties pushed back the
arrival date for the piece until today, as long as their are
no difficulties at the Canada-United States border.
Tomlinson pointed out that despite the delays
the construction company primarily responsible for the reconstruction
project has been very cooperative in dealing with Western administration
and the USC since construction began several months ago.
"Our big concern is getting the access
to the beach finished," said Dave Riddell, associate VP
of physical plant and capital planning at Western.
Riddell hopes access to the Beach will be
significantly improved by the end of the week, noting the paths
leading to the University Community Centre, the Social Science
Centre and Weldon Library are of the highest priority.
"Delays with construction projects happen
- unfortunately these things come up from time to time,"
said USC President Paul Yeoman.
Yeoman noted he hopes all the construction
with the Beach will be completed as soon as possible.
The project is a joint venture between Western
administration and the USC, with the USC contributing approximately
$350,000 to the improvement of the Beach.
When the demolition and construction of the
Concrete Beach initially began in May, Cope's on-site superintendent,
Tony McKinley, anticipated the reconstruction project to be
completed by mid-August.
Construction continued longer than originally
anticipated as students returned to classes in September. Yeoman
cited difficulties with the ambitious task of repairing the
leaking roof of the lower level of the UCC that slowed construction
efforts and pushed back the date of completion.
In early September, Yeoman anticipated the
Beach construction to be completed by Homecoming weekend.
-with files from Dan Perry
and Shawn MacPherson