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Crane at The Block office tower set to come down this week

One crane coming down

The final stages of work are being completed on The Block office tower in downtown Kelowna.

The Mission Group is in the final stages of completing construction at the new office building at the corner of Bernard Avenue and St. Paul Street, and one crane will be coming down this week.

Spokesperson for the Mission Group Narinder Nagra tells Castanet "the work being completed on site at The Block office tower includes one crane being disassembled."

The final stages of construction and preparation are referred to as 'topping-off' and Nagra calls the event a major milestone for the community.

As a result of the work to remove the crane connected to The Block office tower, there will be road closures on Bernard Avenue between St. Paul and Bertram streets from Oct. 24 to 26.

A diagram shows the road and sidewalk sections being affected. Pedestrian traffic will be diverted with signage and/or flag persons to mark any detours.

"Despite best efforts, road closures can create inconveniences. We are committed to doing our best to minimize disturbances to the neighbourhood while ensuring everyone’s safety. Your patience and understanding are appreciated," says Nagra.

The Block at Bernard is a new 16-story mixed-use office and retail tower expected to become a centrepiece in downtown Kelowna.

On July 12, 2021, a crane operated by Stemmer Construction collapsed during disassembly in downtown Kelowna, near Bernard Avenue and Bertram Street. Four young construction workers – Cailen Vilness, Jared Zook, and Patrick and Eric Stemmer – were killed in the collapse, along with Brad Zawislak, who was working in a nearby building that was hit by the falling crane.

WorkSafeBC has completed an investigation into what caused the disaster but the regulator has refused to release the details because the RCMP are still conducting a criminal investigation, which has no set timeline.

Earlier this summer, several lawsuits were filed in British Columbia’s Supreme Court, with various parties seeking damages and assigning blame for the disaster.



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