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Institutional | BALL CONSTRUCTION - PELHAM COMMUNITY CENTER

At the
Center
BALL CONSTRUCTION USES
ITS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN
BUILDING. BY JIM HARRIS

T

he town of Pelham, Ontario, is
looking to one of its region's leading recreational facility builders
to complete a portion of its new
town center.
Ball Construction in November 2016
began work on the $35 million Pelham
Community Center, a 143,000-square-foot,
two-story recreational facility. The building is one of the key components of a new
commercial and residential subdivision
in the town. "The town is experiencing an
influx of people moving from urban centers
like Toronto," says Bob Nippell, a project
manager for Ball Construction.
Ball is serving as the construction
manager on the facility, which includes two
NHL-sized ice rinks as well as a double gym
and multi-purpose rooms.
The center features a structural steel
frame, precast concrete bleachers and
hollow core floors. The building's exterior
includes a PVC roof and a brick veneer
façade punctuated with zinc panels and
aluminum curtain wall elements to create
an urban, pedestrian-friendly streetscape.
The structure and most of the building's
exterior are complete and installation
of the building's refrigeration system is

Ball Construction - Pelham
Community Center
www.ballcon.com
* Location: Pelham, Ontario
* Employees on ite at peak: 100
* Scope of work: A letic and community
center construction

"We have established a eputation as a leading design/builder
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- Bob Nippell, project manager

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Pelham Community Center
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will include a PVC roof and
brick veneer facade.

underway. The refrigeration plant was
built off-site and delivered to the building,
where it is being connected to a cooling
tower and headers on each rink. The refrigeration plant was designed and built by
Cimco Refrigeration Inc.
Work is also ongoing on the building's
curtainwall envelope. The recreation
center is anticipated to be fully enclosed
by December, and the building is slated for
completion next June.

Controlling the Budget
The Town of Pelham called upon Ball Construction to provide guidance regarding the
building's budget and constructability. The
construction manager worked closely with
Petroff Partnership Architecture, the firm
retained by the town to develop drawings
and structural designs for the building. "We
were hired for our expertise and ability to
bring the project under control and let the

town prioritize what they wanted and what
they could afford," Nippell says.
During design development, the construction manager and architect opted to
increase the building's total area by 7,000
square feet to allow for better user circulation through the building. This included
adding an additional corridor and expanding the space between changing rooms and
the lobby. "There was a concern [adding
space] might cause the project to go over
budget, but we felt the additional square
footage would allow the facility to function
better with more flexibility to concurrent
activities," Nippell says.
To avoid going over budget, Ball
Construction performed extensive value
engineering on the project to find ways to
reduce costs. This included using different
wall panels and other materials in the
building's interior, as well as deferring the
construction of a second elevator.


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