STAFF WRITER – The Ottawa Construction News
Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) has announced it will commit $20 million towards repairs and planned maintenance, representing slightly more than 220 projects scheduled to commence in 2016.
Key capital works projects include balcony repairs and replacement, updates to parking garages, roofs, mechanical systems, cladding, windows and doors, as well as the replacement of major components of elevator systems, OCH said in a news release.
Elevator modernization: Approximately $1.5 million will be spent on the elevator modernization program this year. Some properties slated for elevator modernization in 2016 are Clementine Towers, McEwen, 215 Wurtemburg, MacLaren Towers, and Gladstone Terrace.
Largest project: The largest individual investment in OCH’s housing portfolio this year is the 380 Murray St. site revitalization with an investment of approximately $2.3 million. This overhaul will improve both the functionality and efficiency of the building.
Structural, wall, and roof assembly restoration: An investment of close to $3.5 million will include repairs to balconies, parking lots, garages, sanitary pipe replacement, roof and wall assemblies, as well as complete recladding.
Window and door replacement program: Estimated at $2.5 million.
Fire and life safety system renewal: $2.25 million will be spent towards the replacement and upgrade of emergency generators, fire alarm systems and more.
Site element upgrades: Funding of $8 million will provide a variety of site element upgrades such as asphalt paving, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing repairs, fencing and regrading, and tree planting throughout the portfolio.
“As this and previous years’ annual capital spend has been well below estimated capital requirements, OCH has to be strategic in the use of these funds,” the OCH announcement said. “Investment opportunities are carefully analyzed and decisions are made based on a solid risk management strategy.”
For more information about contractor opportunities at OCH, see http://www.och-lco.ca/contractors-and-suppliers.