(Above: Barry Bryan Associates’ rendering of the Steve Kerr Memorial Complex in Listowel)
Ball is pleased to report steady progress in the construction of a new recreational centre for residents of North Perth.
Located in Listowel’s west end near the corner of Road 165 and Binning Street West, the long awaited Steve Kerr Memorial Complex is quickly taking shape.
Having built numerous arenas throughout Ontario on time and on budget, Ball was especially suited as the most qualified applicant. With plans for the facility in the works for nearly 10 years, the sod was finally turned last spring.
The complex is named after Steve Kerr, a North Perth sports enthusiast who died tragically in 2013. The Kerr family graciously donated $1 million towards the future project in memory of their son, with additional funding obtained from a combination of the municipal reserve fund and a highly successful community-wide capital campaign that raised over $5 million.
Once a farmer’s field, the site’s soil conditions were unsuitable for heavy construction. This meant Ball had to excavate and remove the old soil and replace it with engineered fill. Removal and importation got underway on July 18th and foundation work began September 14th.
Ball worked in conjunction with the architectural firm, Barry Bryan Associates, along with mechanical and electrical consultants, DEI & Associates Inc., and the municipality of North Perth. Phase 1 of the project includes replacing the existing arena with a single pad along with dressing rooms, a walking track, and common room. Utilizing block and precast construction and insulated metal panels, the pre-engineered building is now complete and precast bleachers are being installed.
This 63,500 square foot design includes the following:
- A regulation sized ice surface
- 800 seats
- A two-lane indoor walking track
- Six dressing rooms
- A community meeting space
- Outdoor soccer ﬁelds
- Green spaces
- Ample room for future expansion and additional recreational facilities
Thanks to reasonably moderate winter conditions, there have been no major delays, and the Steve Kerr Memorial Complex is quickly becoming a reality.
The facility is expected to be operational by November, 2017.