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Yacht club build behind schedule

Construction of Kelowna's latest waterfront jewel is about a month behind schedule.

The new Kelowna Yacht Club building, slated to open June 21, 2014 is now scheduled for completion and occupancy July 21.

Yacht club general manager, Debbie Hicks says the club was working on an extremely aggressive schedule and any hiccup or setback would cause a delay.

"Most people are not trying to build a project in eight months so, consequently, anything that happens with the delivery of structural steel or the fabrication of the structural steel which is an early component and involves engineering, means there will be a delay," says Hicks.

She says delay in the delivery of the structural steel has caused the delay.

"We are doing everything to make it up."

Any delay in construction of the new yacht club means a delay in Phase 2 of the Stuart Park project.

Phase 2 of Stuart Park includes a green space component on the site of the current yacht club building.

Andrew Gibbs, park and public space project manager, told council Monday it will take the city about two months to completely demolish the yacht club building once it is vacated because of the hazardous materials inside the building that will take time to remove and dispose of.

Any delay in construction of the new yacht club building will push the Stuart Park project further into the fall.

Phase 2 is scheduled for completion at the end of November, however, Gibbs says delays could push that to the spring of 2015.

Hicks says construction crews will be able to work through the winter.

The second floor concrete pour is scheduled for the middle of this month and, after that, Hocks says crews will begin working on closing up the building.

Here is a look inside.



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