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North Delta field house to have much different look

The city had changed its initial vision of what the structure should look like
new north delta track field house shipping containers
Construction of field house is the final phase of the North Delta Track and Field replacement project.

The field house that will be built at the new North Delta Track and Field facility will be comprised of shipping containers.

Delta council this week awarded a $369,200 contract for the supply, modification and site placement of shipping containers as the structural framework for the building.

A staff report notes that the planned completion of the two-storey, 3,200-square-foot field house is expected by late spring of 2023.

The resulting building will be fully compliant with current building code requirements, free of obstacles and barriers to persons with mobility challenges and meeting the anticipated needs of end users, based on previously undertaken consultation, the report notes.

Council late last year had approved a $138,000 contract for architectural design services for the field house.

The city in 2020 awarded a $100,000 contract for the same consultant to come up with a design for a standalone field house building with a size in the range of 2,000-to-2,500 square feet, but shortly thereafter the city revised its vision for the building.

The new vision favoured an emphasis on the use of alternative building design and construction, namely the re-purposing of shipping containers as the primary structural element, along with an expanded building footprint to better accommodate anticipated user needs.

The consultant was then engaged to develop a schematic design involving containers as well as a bigger building.

The consultant was paid $20,532 for the service and then $138,800 for the more detailed design.

The new facility will have public washrooms, change rooms, a space for strength and conditioning, equipment storage, a meeting room and viewing deck.

The new track was completed last year.