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Cold weather not affecting construction, says Colizza (photo)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014   by: Kenneth Armstrong

(Photo: A worker is seen carrying lumber March 18, 2014 at the site of the new St. Mary's College, which is under construction on 2nd Line. Armstrong)

The St. Mary’s College construction site on Second Line has continued to be a hive of activity this winter, despite concerns that the extended period of cold weather experienced in the Sault would cause a slowdown in productivity.

Sam Colizza, manager of plant at the Hurons Superior Catholic District School Board, updated on the progress of the construction project.

“In spite of the cold weather the contractors and sub-contractors are all on schedule,” said Colizza, adding that the expected opening date is July of 2015.

“It’s an aggressive schedule, we understand that and the contractors do too,” said Colizza.

He said he hopes the pace is kept up until project completion.

Any potential loss of productivity due to the cold weather was offset by the addition of additional workers on-site.

Heaters and a chemical additive have been used to allow the concrete to be poured during sub-zero temperatures.

“The pouring of the foundations and footings are at about 80 percent,” said Colizza.

Now that many of the footings have been poured, steel framework has begun to be erected as well as some decking.

Colizza is also looking forward to potential funding announcements for the proposed JK - Grade 12 school to be built on the existing Sacred Heart site in Espanola.

Construction for that project is expected to begin in 2015.

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bugalugs 3/18/2014 9:20:40 PM Report

Too bad local workers are on EI. Never will support HSCDS.
1/4 horse 3/18/2014 10:27:31 PM Report

Maybe we should divert our taxes to the public school board.They didn't want to pay our local union worker's so why should we pay them!
Bruins Nut 3/19/2014 5:03:48 AM Report

They brought in extra workers to keep the schedule but they forgot to say all the workers are clac from out of town.
Good way to help unemployment in Sault Ste Marie.

Great thought process
itsme29 3/19/2014 5:55:20 AM Report

Ive worked construction when its -20 or worse out things go at half speed! compressors, forklifts, cranes don't start! don't bull shit people it affects construction schedules!! nothing works properly in the cold including people!
billyp 3/19/2014 8:22:32 AM Report

If you look at the jobsite, there is a billboard with all the contractors working at the new school. One local company out of about 15 contractors. It's really sad that we are building a school to educate kids but they can't get a job here. Way to contribute to the local economy Huron Superior School Board. The Board of Education wasn't much better when they built their shrine to education. They should be ashamed. Pathetic! Welcome to Sault Ste. Marie, where we educate them and ship them off to the south.
TML04 3/19/2014 8:28:33 AM Report

Oh no worries.... they'll "scab" it together
Mr E 3/19/2014 9:03:03 AM Report

I guess local shops should have bid cheaper :) How can shops from out of town travel and work for less money? You'd think local shops could have under cut them considering they dont have to travel. I guess whomever submit the bids were a tad greedy.
Mark E. 3/19/2014 9:12:26 AM Report

Complain, Complain and more complaining. Does everyone on this site wake up with negative thoughts in there head? Look at some positives that our children are getting a new school. Man, you guys are depressing.
billyp 3/19/2014 9:27:48 AM Report

Mr. E- Local shops bid their price to include all the specs and requirements. Out of town contractors will bid bear minimum and then stick extras to the school board. They also pay their employees very poorly and also the subcontractors subcontract their work to complete garbage companies with very few skilled employees. That is why they can underbid local contractors. Our local contractors for the most part are honest, skilled and need local work. This may seem like a negative complaint board but it's sad that local workers will be on unemployment or working out of town while our new school get slapped together. Hopefully the local contractors will get to help band aid the school in a few years when it starts to fall apart.
Mr E 3/19/2014 9:35:10 AM Report

Sorry Billy, lowest bid wins.. These guys should be smart enough to play the same game out of town firms do. Maybe next time.
Javaman 3/19/2014 9:44:59 AM Report

I still question the need for a new high school. the board has St Basil and SMC. Sure ...heating cocsts at SMC might be high but 50 million for a new school seems like a bad choice in these tough economic times. Of course,, I know...too late...the building is going up.
Dug 3/19/2014 9:47:31 AM Report

Looks rusty already
stuey 3/19/2014 10:56:05 AM Report

"Rusty" may be the least of their problems Dug. Wait till the frost comes out from under the foundations they've poured this winter. All that traffic of machines and trucks has likely driven some frost deep. Anybody doubting this just needs to look at the number of watermain breaks here so far this winter.
barben13 3/19/2014 11:19:58 AM Report

Or maybe, the school board wanted a properly built, up to code building, for the cheapest price. I've seen the work that the over priced contractors from this city produce. Talk about barely met codes. Bottom line is, like previously stated, the contractors here need to stop being so greedy and bring their prices back to reality.No need to try and retire off one job.
frnlak 3/19/2014 12:37:37 PM Report

Mark E

I agree. Let's think positive. I fully expect this feat of engineering and construction to be no less than that of our new hospital where drains don't match up, tv's don't work, foundations shift, windows crack and flies buzz around nursing stations. Hurry up guys, you have a deadline. Get er done.
eadiecougs 3/19/2014 1:26:21 PM Report

once its built the problems will start and it will cost double the money to fix it wait and see.the companies here are greedy they bid the highest and then complain they lost the bid.
JCam 3/19/2014 2:35:59 PM Report

OK, lets just look at the Police Station, had to be repaired, Correctional Institution, had to be repaired. Just 2 buildings i can think of right now that were built with out of town contractors and local contractors had to repair. Don't give me this B.S. that local bid to high, out of town companies come in paying there people less wages, work all hours, slap the work together, i am in construction and have had to go and repair some of these jobs. We have some of the most well trained trades in safety and are some of the best trades people in Ontario. I have worked other then Sault Ste Marie.
JCam 3/19/2014 2:42:44 PM Report

Hey Mark E.
You must not have to work or you would care? The trades people from Sault Ste Marie work on these jobs and they spend there money here. Wake up, i would like to say more but you can't fix stupid.
bestjobever 3/19/2014 3:58:23 PM Report

Hey mr colliza who pays your wages city tax payers or guelf taxes payers.. Or maybe tambro paid u guys off.. Sucks to be a local trade person in the soo..
Tom_Bom 3/19/2014 4:06:25 PM Report

Off topic here, but doesn't the old st marys college have a tunnel that leads all the way to the armory? That's just what a teacher told me when I was t here. The door to it was always locked because people have gone down there and gotten lost.
funkywalker 3/19/2014 5:12:48 PM Report

Ironworkers are local, and union!
JCam 3/19/2014 6:08:44 PM Report

That is good that the Iron Workers are local,hopefully there will be many more local trades people on that project. I have no problem with the companies coming in to do the projects if there are no contractors in town that do not price or price to high, but at least use Local trades people.
Mark E. 3/19/2014 7:18:58 PM Report

JCam - Oh I work and work hard for my money and understand the concept of using local contractors as I am as "pro-local" as they come. I don't have hard facts but through previous experiences working in multiple cities throughout Canada involving construction of new buildings, it is the same story everywhere. By now we should realize it is all about money,business and most importantly the almighty bottom line and not what address the paychecks are being distributed to.

No use complaining about items we don't control and focus on the positive that we are upgrading our city with a new educational facility for our children to attend in which I think the article was initially intended for.

Would be nice to see some positive comments from time to time is all I am saying opposed to all the negative comments about SSM. "The Soo" is a great city to live in and has far more positive opposed to negative which should be a focus!


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