Construction started in August 2018 on the City Hall Fountain and Plaza Rehabilitation Project. The 25-year-old infrastructure was at the end of its time and needed an overhaul. The general design, look and feel and function of the fountain remains the same, but now it will be safer, more accessible and ready to serve Edmontonians for many years to come.
A major milestone for this project was marked last week, on April 17, 2019.
The Concrete Pour
Crews worked all day and evening to pour and press the concrete needed for the new City Hall Fountain.
It was estimated that the job would take 290,000 litres of concrete and about 12 hours of people power. At the end of the day, 310,000 litres of concrete – that’s over 77,000 4-litre milk jugs – was poured in 14.5 hours.
Pouring concrete is tricky business. In this case it needed to be a continuous pour so that the finished product is one solid, level slab with no cold breaks. 45 people were involved in the process. A total of 39 concrete trucks unloaded into the pump truck, which flowed through a long hose and poured into the 10,300 sq ft. basin footprint. People power then spread and pressed the slab of concrete to perfection.
Once the concrete pour was finished, they used 6 inches of water to cure the surface and test for leaks. All went well!
Thank you to all the people at Stanley Construction and Bry Sand who worked a long day to get this concrete job done.
Under the Surface
So far, a lot of work has been done and most of it is underground. Once the project is complete and the fountain is open you won’t even see it.
We built a huge water tank that can hold 250,000 litres of water. This will allow us to drain the water in one hour, emptying the fountain overnight and reducing the safety risks associated with unsupervised pools. Quick draining of the fountain water will also provide additional plaza space for programming with the iconic City Hall building in the background.
Soil cells were installed along the east and west side of the fountain to support healthy tree growth.
So what is the price tag on a rehabilitation project like this? The construction budget was $13.4 million, which includes the $3.6 million increase approved by City Council in July 2018. That budget covers the work to reconstruct the Fountain, resurface the plaza and remove the 102 A Ave road and curbs to create a continuous plaza in front of City Hall to Churchill Square.
Looking forward to welcoming you back in the summer of 2019 to splash in the arches once again!