Work set to begin on largest construction project in city’s history: New multi-purpose facility and high school project to benefit many.
Provincial and municipal government and school division officials gathered today to celebrate the start of construction on the new Martensville Athletic Pavilion. The facility will be attached to the city’s high school, also undergoing new construction and renovation as part of the multimillion project.
Mayor of the City of Martensville, Kent Muench, said the new 50,000 square foot facility is the largest construction project ever undertaken in Martensville, and will add to the quality of life in Martensville which is already attracting new residents to the growing city. “The new facility and new construction and renovations to the high school will provide us with yet another venue for sport, improved spaces to educate our youth, and a place to enjoy arts and culture,” said Muench.
The new state-of-the-art facility will be comparable to the Physical Activity Complex at the University of Saskatchewan, featuring three full-size sports courts, a curved running track, and more. “Not only will the facility enhance the quality of life of our residents, but the City of Martensville will soon be a provincial destination for sporting events, enhancing the local economy and enhancing the attractiveness of hosting events in small centres which is great for Martensville,” Muench added.
The cost of the facility is budgeted at $12.5 million. The City of Martensville will fund $11.1 million of the project, and the provincial government has committed to contribute $1.4 million to the new facility.
Sponsorship is another key aspect of the this facility with a number of businesses choosing to support this community project. Many of the sponsors were on hand for the sod turning including MacNeil Motors, Dairy Queen, Hallmark Reality, TRX RV, TR Petroleum, JJ’s Landscaping, Duraroc Homes, North Prairie Developments, Affinity Credit Union, and Mocon Construction.
Linked to the project is new construction and renovations at Martensville High School. Plans for the school include a new gymnasium and performing arts theatre, and renovations to existing areas of the school.
The Honourable Nancy Heppner, Member of the Saskatchewan Party Legislative Assembly for Martensville, attended and spoke at the ceremony. “Your government is excited to be partnering with the City of Martensville in this project. The expansion of the high school is required as Martensville continues to grow. The addition of the sports and culture space will add to the quality of life that residents expect.”
Martensville Trustee Bonnie Hope attended the sod turning ceremony representing the Prairie Spirit School Division Board of Education. “Our expanded and renovated high school and the city’s new recreation facility will provide great opportunities for our students and for our community,” said Hope. “The Prairie Spirit Board of Education is proud of our partnership with the City of Martensville to serve our growing community.” She added that the high school renovation and expansion project will double the size of Martensville High School to provide an excellent learning environment for Martensville students.
The estimated cost of the high school new construction and renovations is $26.3 million. Construction on the new Martensville Athletic Pavilion is expected to be completed by September 2014 and by September 2016, Martensville high school students should be enjoying their new and renovated space by the fall of 2016.
The facility will be constructed by Sprung Buildings, a company based outside Calgary that has been in operation for over 100 years. Sprung uses a tension membrane structure that allows for the rapid construction. The material is flexible, reliable and cost effective.
The projects will also provide economic benefits to our community. Local contractors will or have been asked to bid on each aspect of the construction.
For more information please contact:
Community/Economic Development Manager
(306) 931-2166 ext. 26
Board Member, Prairie Spirit School Division