South Huron Recreation Centre Project

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South Huron Council is committed to providing the best recreational opportunities that are accessible, benefit all age groups and abilities, and are affordable for the entire community. 

Background

In 2019, the Municipality of South Huron sought a partnership with senior levels of government to build a new multi-use recreation centre in the Town of Exeter through the submission of an application for Constructing a New South Huron Recreation Centre under the Community, Culture and Recreation funding stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The public consultation work completed by the Hub/Rec Centre Project Steering Committee in 2018/19 enabled the Municipality to move forward with a competitive submission

2019 Application under the ICIP Not Successful

The Municipality of South Huron received formal notification that the Constructing a New South Huron Recreation Centre grant application was not successful as submitted under the Community, Culture and Recreation funding stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). 

Project Scope (as submitted in the 2019 ICIP application)

Note: the following section pertains to the information submitted as part of the Municipality of South Huron's 2019 ICIP application and does not reflect the current state and future direction of recreation facilities in South Huron.  

The Municipality sought a partnership with senior levels of government to build a new multi-use recreation centre in the Town of Exeter. The public consultation work completed by the Hub/Rec Centre Project Steering Committee in 2018/19 enabled the Municipality to move forward with a competitive submission to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) in 2019. 

Rather than invest substantial dollars in renovating the current South Huron Rec Centre - an outdated structure that scored a failure rating in the municipality's 2016 asset management analysis, South Huron sought to build an energy-efficient, cost-effective, and standards-compliant South Huron Recreation Centre (SHRC). The entire facility was to be AODA 2025 compliant while the building design permits a second ice pad to be added in the future.

South Huron took a regional approach to recreation facility capacity. This includes monitoring the use and maintenance requirements of other South Huron recreation facilities, collaborating with neighbouring municipalities to utilize unused capacity, and evaluating overall operating efficiencies and user trends.

Breakdown of the estimated facility costs (at the time of the 2019 ICIP submission)

  Cost Items Costing Benchmark Capital Cost Estimate
A Building 65,000 sf @ $300/sf $19,500,000
B Site development allowance (Landscape, Parking, Services) 10% of A $1,950,000
C Fittings, furnishings, equipment allowance 5% of A $975,000
D Soft cost allowance (Design, Fees, Management, Legal, etc) 7.5% of A+B $1,608,750
E Contingencies (Construction 3%) 3% (of A+B+C+D) $720,983
Total     $24,754,733

 * The preceding assumes:

  • energy conservation measures such as high-efficiency rink lighting and a heat recovery system for the ice plant
  • a drop-off zone for parents with young children, school bus access and parking, water fountains throughout the facility, and individual seats rather than bench seating.
  • demolition of the existing facility
  • construction in the same location, using municipally-owned land.

Building program (at the time of the 2019 ICIP submission)

Component Square Footage

Single Pad Arena with Indoor Walking Track

500-1,000 seats, 6 dressing rooms, JR. Room, gender neutral dressing rooms (2), officials room, storage room, maintenance room

 35,000

Single Gymnasium

convertible to auditorium, moveable divider wall, two dressing rooms

 10,000
Community Room Space (upper level)  4,000

General Program Space (lower level)

moveable divider wall, industrial full-service kitchen

6,000

Program Space (lower level)

youth, age-friendly, OPP community station, general community meeting room

 5,000

General Circulation Space

Reception & admin. office, public washrooms (4), storage areas, OPP community station, food concession area

 5,000

The project is ready to move to full design, costing, tendering, and construction. A completely operational facility could be realized within three years of receiving ICIP funding approval.

Proposed cost-share (at the time of the 2019 ICIP submission)

Level of Government Amount %
Federal and Provincial $12,377,366.50 50%
Municipal - including debt financing, fundraising and sponsorship, and other grants $12,377,366.50 50%
Total $24,754,733.00 100%

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