Friday, December 14, 2018

Calgary arena closed after report finds heavy snow puts roof at risk of collapse

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Officials with the City of Calgary have taken steps to block off a hockey arena in the southeast because of a potential risk that the building’s roof could collapse under the weight of snowfall.

Following the collapse of a section of the roof at the Fairview Arena this past February, the city says a review was undertaken to discover dangers at other facilities throughout the city.

On November 30, the city says it received the report on Jack Setters Arena, located at 2086 69 Avenue S.E., that told them that a large accumulation of snow on the roof of the building could result in a collapse.

After the City Safety Codes Officer read the report and performed a visual inspection, they issued a ‘close pending mitigation’ notice for the arena.

Following a consultation with the building operators, the Millcan Ogden Community Association, the arena has been temporarily closed starting December 2.

All facility users have been notified about the closure and the community association is working with the city to make alternate arrangements.

Rick Smith, president of the community association, says they’re disappointed to hear about the closure.

“We do a lot of work to operate this building and we have a lot of groups that use it. We’re pleased to provide recreation services to hockey players, kids, figure skaters and all kinds of things. We have a great program here.”

He says that he understands the city’s concerns.

“With the oncoming winter, they are concerned with the snow load adding to weight to the roof structure and causing some failures.”

Smith says that they will be holding a board meeting on Monday and then move forward with communications with the city.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen. We’ve got a ton of questions. We’ve got staff that we’ve got to deal with. We’ve got an operating ice plant in there now, so it has to be cared for. Some decisions have to be made if the ice can stay in or it needs to come out.”

Officials will also work with the community association to address the structural issues and create a timeline on when the facility can be reopened.

Marco Civitarese, Calgary’s acting director of Building Services, says that inspectors took a much closer look at Jack Setters during the review process because of some of the factors in the truss design.

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