COURTENAY, B.C. – The CVRD has named the builder for its new regional office building.

The district announced that Vancouver Island’s Knappett Projects Inc. has been awarded the construction contract for the facility that will be located at 770 Harmston Avenue.

An Invitation to Tender was released on May 26.

On July 4 (at the close of the process) the CVRD received five tenders and negotiations with the lowest bidder, Knappett Projects Inc., ensued.

The CVRD design team worked with Knappett to identify cost savings of $340,486, allowing the district to proceed with a contract price of $10,352,514, according to a release.

“We are thrilled to see this project become a reality,” explained CVRD Chief Administrative Officer Russell Dyson. “Since 2013, the CVRD has been working on this Board strategic priority of a permanent office location outside the floodplain to ensure efficient, effective delivery of the 101 services offered to the residents within the region.”

Dyson said the construction of this project “will provide increased employment opportunities, help revitalize downtown Courtenay and provide the community with a new asset.”

At a construction price tag of $10,352,514, the borrowing requirement of $8.2 million from the adopted financial strategy remains unchanged. The remainder of the project will be funded by reserves and grants.

Construction of the new office building is scheduled to begin in the late summer/early fall with completion expected for late 2019.

The CVRD notes that,  by relocating the regional office out of the floodplain, “those essential services residents require daily (water, sewer and garbage) will be able to continue in times of need. Corporate records, fleet vehicles and information technology infrastructure will no longer be threatened during flooding and storm events. Finally, a specifically designed post-disaster emergency operations centre (EOC) will provide emergency response to the public during emergency/disaster events.”