County continues operational planning for The Pointe while construction temporarily paused

September 15, 2021

County continues operational planning for The Pointe while construction temporarily paused

Strathcona County continues its important work to develop Pointe-aux-Pins Acres, which represents a vital link to the importance of agriculture in the community. While an unstable construction market has required a purposeful pause in construction of Pointe-aux-Pins Acres, Administration continues its operational, services and event strategy, with a focus on bringing the Pointe’s vision to life.

A volatile construction market impacted by increased material pricing, current manufacturing supply chain, transportation disruptions and higher than forecasted global demand for construction materials resulted in all construction bids exceeding the maximum tender sum.  As the market is expected to remain in flux for the balance of this year, Administration has recommended a temporary pause on construction until the market can be re-assessed in spring (Q2), 2022.

Administration will report back to Council, by the end of Q2, 2022, with recommendations on how to responsibly proceed with this important community initiative.

With its strategic ties to the County’s Agriculture Master Plan, the Pointe will shine as a destination where people from across the county, and beyond, can enjoy agricultural education and history, community and social events. The Pointe amplifies strong connections to the County’s Recreation and Culture Strategy’s focus on meeting community needs, environmental stewardship, inclusion and building overall capacity.

The vision for the Pointe represents a deeply rooted sense of community, that has been informed by extensive public engagement and collaboration in the community.

In fall 2020, Council approved the funding for a regional multi-purpose agricultural facility. The total funding for design and construction is $71.2 million, which includes rural site preparation and servicing, as well as building and amenities. The Pointe is designed for year-round, all-weather use for community agricultural and social events and activities.

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595