RELEASE — Today, the City broke ground to kick-off construction of the Kingston East Community Centre at 779 Highway 15.
“I’m delighted to see shovels in the ground for the new east-end community centre,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson. “As mayor, ensuring our east-end residents are connected and have the services they need is a priority, and this centre is overdue. When it’s completed, it will be a great community builder and neighborhood resource for our east-end residents!”
Once completed, it will offer a full-sized gymnasium, fitness centre, community kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, meeting rooms, splash pad, outdoor rink and an emergency reception centre. The $13.5 million, 22,000 sq.ft. Community Centre is being built to achieve higher energy efficiencies and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions – measures that will also offer significant savings on operational costs on an ongoing basis.
- A geothermal heating and cooling system
- LED lighting
- Rooftop solar photovoltaic technology
A Nov. 19 Council Report on the project noted that a typical building of this type would emit approximately 73 tonnes of CO2 (a greenhouse gas) per year and have estimated annual operating costs of $70,000. The planned greenhouse gas reduction measures will reduce emissions by 86 per cent and offer the City a projected annual cost savings of $38,000 a year to run the facility.
M. Sullivan & Son Ltd. will be constructing the Centre on behalf of the City. It is expected to be complete in 2021.
Demonstrating leadership on climate action and fostering healthy citizens and vibrant spaces are two of the City’s strategic priorities.