Rendering of new Pefferlaw Fire Hall
As a growing municipality, the Town of Georgina is committed to building a healthy and safe community to serve the needs of our residents.
Emergency services are vital to the well-being of everyone. The new Pefferlaw Fire Station 1-8 will allow Georgina Fire and Rescue Services to continue to provide a high level of care for residents and visitors.
The Town approved the design of the new fire station in December 2017 and awarded the contract to build it on June 20, 2018.
Oct. 29, 2019 Project update
Town Council and staff are actively involved in the issues surrounding the delay in the construction of the Pefferlaw Fire Station, and are presently in the process of reviewing all available options, including possible legal action so as to bring about the completion of the project as quickly as possible with as few cost overruns as possible. – Dave Reddon, Chief Administrative Officer
Town commences legal action surounding Pefferlaw Fire Hall - April 28, 2020
Design approved for Pefferlaw Fire Hall - Dec. 18, 2018
Questions and Answers
Delays in construction projects may occur where unknown or unanticipated conditions occur at the site or arise at the project. When such unknown or unanticipated conditions occur at the site or arise at the project, then alternatives must be developed and agreed upon between the Town and its Consultant and the Contractor. Delays may also occur as a result of actions taken or not taken by the parties.
The Town contracted with BECC Construction Group Ltd. for the construction of the Pefferlaw Fire Station. The total approved budget for this project was approximately $4.4 Million. Certain changes to the initial contract resulted in approved cost changes to the project. The termination of the contract with BECC Construction Group Ltd. and the anticipated appointment of a new contractor to complete the job will result in new financial impacts to the project, which the Town will need to assess and monitor. The goal of the Town is to recover all unapproved cost changes from its previous contractor, BECC Construction Group Ltd. At this time, specific information is not available but the Town will provide this information as it becomes available for release.
The Town has terminated its contract with BECC Construction Group Ltd. as of April 28, 2020. The Town will be commencing legal action immediately against BECC Construction Group Ltd. and against Echelon Insurance, the issuer of a Performance Bond in favour of the Town, seeking from them all costs resulting from the actions taken or not taken by BECC Construction Group Ltd. that have delayed the construction project and added to its cost.
The Town will be retaining the services of another contractor to complete the construction project. Any cost overruns that result from the retention of this new contractor will be part of the legal claim advanced by the Town against BECC Construction Group Ltd. and Echelon Insurance. The new contractor, once retained, will need to establish a new completion date and that new completion date will be shared with Council and the public once established.
The Town met with representatives of both BECC Construction Group Ltd. and Echelon Insurance through-out the fall for the purpose of getting the contract back “on track”. Unfortunately, those meetings did little to advance the construction project. The Town then began to use the provisions of its contract to enforce its rights to have the work performed, including taking steps to invoke the Performance Bond issued by Echelon Insurance and provided to the Town by BECC Construction Group Ltd. Ultimately, the Town concluded that the termination of its contract with BECC Construction Group Ltd. was in the best interest of the Town.
As a growing municipality, the Town of Georgina is committed to building a healthy and safe community to serve the needs of our residents. The current station no longer fulfills the needs of the fire department and other accommodations are required.
An assessment was conducted looking at a variety of options analyzing the needs of the fire department as well as the community with regards to response times. It was also part of the Master Fire Plan. It was determined that the current location of the Pefferlaw Fire Hall would be the preferred site.
There was public interest in keeping the church and the architect was able to incorporate it into the design. Council was presented with two design options and chose the one that included the former church. A public information session was held on Nov. 20, 2017, and the community also preferred this design. It will allow the Town to keep this meaningful building in the community and away from demolition. The design incorporating the church meets three of the highest criteria for Georgina Fire and Rescue Services – functionality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
In April, 2018, Council approved a temporary relocation of Station 1-8 to 536 Pefferlaw Rd. to house its apparatus and related equipment. The property owner, Have Bus Will Travel, agreed to the use of its property and storage facility. The existing garage will be used to house three apparatus and related equipment. The location also provides parking space for volunteers to respond in their vehicles, change clothing and effectively respond to emergency incidents.
Emergency services are vital to the well-being of residents and our community. The Town will ensure that fire protection services will be maintained while the new fire hall is under construction.
Property taxes support the operations of facilities owned by the Town whether it’s a recreational facility, fire hall or municipal office.