Construction is well underway on a pair of capital projects in Ponoka planned to be finished next year.
Town officials say the new Community Learning Centre and a new care home at the north end of 50 Street on the old hospital site are due to be done in 2018.
On the northeast corner of the site, footings and foundation work for the new Community Learning Centre are already in place. Sewer, water and storm service connections as well as preparatory work for the building parking lot have also been completed.
Most of the work on the actually building itself however is actually being done off-site. Town officials say the exterior walls of the three-story building are currently being manufactured indoors at the Eagle Builders facility near Blackfalds. The exterior walls which are insulated-concrete, are expected to arrive on-site in mid-to-late January and take about three weeks to install. The roof and windows will be added once the walls are in place, with construction hoped to be done by summer 2018.
Once finished, the Town of Ponoka aims to occupy up to 28,000 square feet of floor space in the building, housing a new Town Hall and Council Chambers on the upper two floors. According to town officials, the building owner will lease out the rest of the space to other tenants. Other building highlights include an expanded Ponoka Jubilee Library and Campus Alberta Central learning centre that would offer access to post-secondary education programs and courses in Ponoka.
As for the new care home on the northwest corner of the same site, town officials say construction is well underway on the foundation for new the 5,000 square-foot facility. It’s being built by Lacombe Action Group for the Handicapped and projected to be complete by the end of 2018. Officials say the new care home will accommodate up to eight residents.
For more information on the new Community Learning Centre in Ponoka, visit the town website here.
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