Stride Place owners allowed to launch lawsuit over construction deficiencies

Mickey Dumont

The Portage Citizen

After much delay, a judge ruled on Jan. 10, the owners of Stride Place will be allowed to file a lawsuit to recover costs relating to repairing perceived problems with construction.

Justice Edmond granted the Application For Leave in his decision in Court of Queens Bench. The application that was filed by the (applicants) City of Portage la Prairie, Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie and the Portage Regional Recreation Authority Inc. regarding deficiencies at Stride Place cleared the way to launch a lawsuit.

Justice Edmond granted the applicants leave to commence an action against the parties named in the original application that was filed in September 2016.

In a press release today, David Sattler said, “Approval of the application is a positive step forward for the City of Portage la Prairie, Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie and the PRRA who intend to hold the designers and builders accountable for the repair work that was required to safely reopen the facility. The PRRA believes the community deserves to have the facility it paid for and will now file a statement of claim to establish that the defendants are responsible to cover the cost of repairs.”

The City of Portage la Prairie, Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, and Portage Regional Recreation Authority Inc., will now file suit for damages against (the respondents) Tower Engineering Group Limited Partnership, Tower Engineering Group Inc., Stuart Olson Construction Ltd., Stantec Architecture Ltd., Stantec Consulting Ltd./ Stantec Expert-Conseils Ltée, Ambassador Mechanical Corp. and Crane Steel Structures Ltd.,

Construction deficiencies at the busy multipurpose recreation centre that is not yet 10-years-old, forced management to close the Shindleman Aquatic Centre for safety reasons until its roof could be repaired.

City of Portage la Prairie Mayor Irvine Ferris, Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie Reeve Kam Blight and Sattler have been confident from Day 1 that not only would they be allowed to launch a lawsuit to recover costs, but in the end be proven right that the respondents would be responsible.

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