WINNIPEG – The City of Winnipeg has announced the phased reopening of the St. James Civic Centre, starting with the south side of the facility. The Ab McDonald Arena is estimated to reopen to the public on Sept. 25.
The reopening follows extensive upgrades that replaced critical buildings systems, improved accessibility and refreshed spaces within the 56-year-old facility, a City of Winnipeg release stated.
“For over 50 years, the St. James Civic Centre has been an important place for the community to come together in this growing part of Winnipeg. The critical upgrades to this part of the building were needed to ensure the building could continue to run properly while updating accessibility to meet the needs of the residents of our growing city. Once fully complete with the opening of the Ab McDonald Arena later this month, this will be a busy space that contributes to community wellness for many years to come,” Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said in a statement.
Upgrades to the facility include new mechanical and electrical systems, two new roofs and a repaired concrete arena slab. The second floor has been repurposed into a new mechanical and electrical room, and a new material lift has been added to provide better access to storage areas in the basement. A fire suppression system has also been installed throughout the facility.
The lobby area now has a new accessible arena entrance, new accessible washrooms, and a new universal toilet room.
The budget for the project was $10.1 million, with $5.2 million from the Canada Community-Building Fund and $4.8 million from the City of Winnipeg.