At the City of Edmonton’s Executive Committee meeting last evening, the Finance & Treasury Department provided a two-page report regarding Northlands’ repayment for the EXPO Center, as well as an infrastructure assessment report for Rexall Place. The assessment report, prepared this year, “indicates that Rexall Place has been well maintained and is in good condition for a building of its age (opened in 1974).” Some highlights:
- Architectural elements are in good condition, with any items recommended for attention being minor in nature. Some low priority painting and sealing is recommended.
- The building envelope appears to be well maintained and in good condition. No indications of moisture infiltration or related damage were noted. The main building roofing system is in good condition. Attention to the roof over some small ancillary areas is recommended.
- Structural components are in good to very good condition, with minor concrete sealing and repairs recommended.
- Mechanical components are in good condition. The building heating and cooling plants have recently been renewed. Replacement of the fans in the arena air handling units is recommended in the near future.
- Electrical components are in very good condition. Replacements and improvements have been made to the main electrical service, lighting, and fire alarm systems.
Most importantly, the report notes that “Northlands has updated its capital replacement plan and estimates that approximately $31 million is the total cumulative investment required to maintain the existing building at its current standard and level of operations through the end of the 2023 operating year, consistent with the 50 year economic life of the structure.“
Bold is mine.
Rexall Place is neither old, nor in poor shape. It’s undergone three renovations since it opened, first in 1994, then in 2001, and finally, in 2007. The reality is that the building is in the middle of its life cycle, and has been very well taken care of. Something to keep in mind the next time someone, including the Mayor, Patrick LaForge, and City Administration, trots out a line about Edmonton’s old, and therefore bad, hockey barn.