New arena on budget, on time

Contractor aiming for late September grand opening

It may have taken more than two decades to get to this point, but the last year in the life of the second arena project has gone relatively smoothly.

Last week, members of the Second Sheet of Ice committee announced they had reached their $400,000 fundraising target, and more donations are still trickling in.

“I can almost sleep at night,” said longtime second arena committee member Al McCreary.

“I was concerned at one time and then in two weeks, we raised about $160,000. We had some great community support and it wasn’t just from one person.

“From my point of view it’s a great community project for the kids and I’m really pleased the people came out and supported it.”

Although the fundraising total has been reached, there are still a few small projects that may be added on if the budget allows, said committee member Erin Rowsell.

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Area A director Stoney Stoltenberg is looking into securing about $20,000 in additional funds for a walking track on the outside of the arena boards to be rubberized.

Rob Trampuh, owner of Timber peak Construction, the principle contractor for the new arena project, said so far the building has gone according to plan.

“We have another week left or so on the roofing and then I think we’re pretty much wrapped up as far as the shell goes,” Trampuh said.

“Then we start on the inside, which hasn’t been touched yet, with mechanical, electrical and all the concrete work.”

Trampuh said he is hoping for the grand opening to take place at the end of September.

“I’m very happy to be a part of the project,” he said.