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Construction of new school on schedule

Sunday, February 16, 2014   by: Staff


SAULT STE. MARIE - Construction of the new St. Mary’s College remains on schedule, thanks to yet another milestone moment.

Earlier this week, steel beams were erected at what will be the southeast corner of what will soon be Sault Ste. Marie’s newest secondary school.

General contractor Tambro Construction Ltd. (TCL) has assured the Board that they are on target for an August 2015 completion date.

“It has been great to work with a general contractor and our architectural consultants at EPOH here in Sault Ste. Marie which both have vast experience in projects of this nature and magnitude,” said Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) Plant Manager, Sam Colizza.

Workers at the site, which sits at the intersection of Pine Street and Second Line East in the northeast corner of Sault Ste. Marie, have endured extreme temperatures and have overcome adverse weather conditions over the past two months to keep the project on track.

“There have been challenges over the past couple of months but our team has come together and worked diligently to ensure that our timelines are met in all facets of the project,” said TCL Operations Manager Nathan Tami.

“We are seeing something new on a daily basis. I appreciate the determination of the general contractor and sub-contractors to keep this project on target. August 2015 will come quickly and we follow the progress on the new St. Mary’s College with great interest,” said HSCDSB Director of Education, John Stadnyk.

The new St. Mary’s College is scheduled to open its doors to students and staff in September 2015.

The public can follow the progress of construction of the new school at

Pictured left to right: Jeanette Biemann EPOH Principal, John Stadnyk HSCDSB Director of Education, Nathan Tami TCL Operations Manager, Ryan Crowle EPOH Principal, Sam Colizza HSCDSB Plant Manager, Bryce Gavin EPOH Administrator, Wade Seguin EPOH Project Administrator


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joshua_r_b 2/16/2014 2:37:06 PM Report

What a joke!! Tradesmen who live in town on ei and some on welfare and we have a bunch of guys from southern ontario here!! No catholic school for my kids. And shame on city hall for allowing it!! Way to take care of your own!!
flyhawk25 2/16/2014 2:47:11 PM Report

Lowest bidder.It's tax dollars.
When you see the end product you'll understand.
Lleoy 2/16/2014 2:54:05 PM Report

Yep, we'll understand. Massive school while all the parents are moving elsewhere for an income, leaving it empty. Just stupid.
Lleoy 2/16/2014 2:56:12 PM Report

Nobody in the picture even gets their vests dirty, take a picture of the real workers.
justsomeguy 2/16/2014 3:42:27 PM Report

I read up on Tambro Construction. Apparently they specialize in building schools. They're known for quality & finishing on time & budget and have good references.

Maybe they were just the best choice for this particular project.
itsme29 2/16/2014 4:51:41 PM Report

justsomeguy u must of read there website where they tell u how good they are.... u'd believe anything apparently!! next time u drive by read the sign, not one local company all Christian labour from down south! cheapest aint the best, corners are already getting cut!
dust2 2/16/2014 5:15:23 PM Report

So instead of wanting a good job done, we complain when they don't use local soon workers to build it? How whiney and selfish is this town. Beyond sad.
dust2 2/16/2014 5:16:03 PM Report

local soo*
itsme29 2/16/2014 5:29:52 PM Report

dust the local TRADESPEOPLE will do a better job then these NON tradespeople that work for peanuts. go back to the fall and look how tambro (who nobodys ever heard of) outbid the rest of the general contractors who were all pretty close, and not by a little bit either! how can u do that and still supply the same level of service
justsomeguy 2/16/2014 5:36:46 PM Report

Tambro uses tradespeople.
dust2 2/16/2014 5:40:51 PM Report

They use tradespeople, and Soo tradesman aren't any better than other tradesman. Its one school being built, I rather have good people working on it instead of trying to staff it with only Soo people. No ones happy with anything these days. People are so selfish.
justsomeguy 2/16/2014 5:41:27 PM Report

And if I recall correctly, they do subcontract some local tradespeople.
justsomeguy 2/16/2014 5:42:35 PM Report

@dust2: The Soo has become pretty entitled over the past few years it seems.
dust2 2/16/2014 6:03:13 PM Report

Yup, gives nothing (except steel) and wants everything. wants jobs, money, growth, all while proving nothing. this town loves the pity party. Oh we don't have it as well as the other cities, give us more, we're special, blah blah blah
Sam C 2/16/2014 7:03:49 PM Report

Tradespeople are a mobile workforce. I know local tradespeople who are working on projects in other cities. It's the nature of the work.

And, do the people complaining know for certain that there are no "local" people on site?

I agree with those who suggest that getting the job done right and on time is the goal.
Electricdude 2/16/2014 7:16:21 PM Report

Clac is going to ruin our trade jobs. I work for a local company and they underbid with the help of a stab fund and were still outbid. I can only imagine the type of people that will be working there and what they will be paid. Pretty soon the Sault will be a clac town and we will all be working for 20 bucks an hour and free pizza.... But it could be worse, it could be topline doing it and we could have another superior heights disaster hiring anyone off the street. This once proud union town is turning into a joke. No one is willing to stand together anymore.
Uncle Ray 2/16/2014 7:22:48 PM Report

When the fundraising to finish the project starts let's see where the money comes from, it's not going to come from southern Ontario!
hodedo68 2/16/2014 8:29:21 PM Report

I'm approaching my 27th year in the construction industry and I've spent enough time on this project to tell everyone they're not on schedule nor do they have the experience for this type of project. I agree with the people that say time will tell and it will!
bugalugs 2/16/2014 10:07:29 PM Report

Agreed shame on the Catholic School Board, should be using local business for building that school. Wouldn't send my kids there just for that! Also...I know they are using filthy dirty old movie theatre seats for the new auditorium! Shame all the way around!
dust2 2/17/2014 7:07:58 AM Report

yeah don't send your kids to a school because it wasn't built with LOCAL tradesman...

that's some quality parenting right there.
funkywalker 2/17/2014 7:42:53 AM Report

The ironworkers are local tradesmen.
itsme29 2/17/2014 8:22:02 AM Report

the reinforcing bar thas in the concrete and the structural steel went too union companys.. not local companys a few...very few local tradesmen will get in on these aspects of work. the rest of the contractors (carpentry,masonsry,electrical and plumbing) are Christian labour from god knows where. they will steal jobs from our local tradespeople and fill there pockets with our local money and take it back to wherever they came from. meaning the whole town looses. not just the local trades
dust2 2/17/2014 8:30:54 AM Report

>"they will steal jobs from our local tradespeople and fill there pockets with our local money and take it back to wherever they came from. meaning the whole town looses. not just the local trades"

the residents can't even keep the money in their own economy, they rather save twenty cents on chips and buy their groceries in the USA

why should money be put in if we can't even keep it here?

that attitude sounds extremely whiny and self-centered, it sounds like a bunch of bitter tradesman who are raged because they're out of work. who's to say our tradesman are better? businesses want the job done right, not waste their money due to staffing. any money spent at mcdonalds or walmart goes out of town anyways, what's the big deal?
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