Revelstoke, BC – The City of Revelstoke is excited to announce that the project to rehabilitate historical City Hall has been initiated through the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP). The project includes removing old stucco using an abatement process, replacing the exterior building envelope including stairs, windows and doors with the intent to mimic the historical characteristics of the original building through a process that will repair and protect the heritage building for future generations.
Heritage BC recognizes the importance of saving historical buildings like Revelstoke’s City Hall. Funding support of $200,000 from Columbia Basin Trust was awarded through the BuiltHeritage Grants funding stream which is administered by Heritage BC. The total estimated cost of this project is $800,000 and was approved previously in the 2019 Financial Plan and will not affect the 2020 budget. The City will seek additional funding opportunities through grant applications to further reduce costs.
When the condition of the exterior of the building reached a critical stage, public safety concerns were triggered as large pieces of stucco were falling from the building. Subsequently, pilot tests were completed on the building, exposing a failure of the existing concrete leading to these options for consideration:
• Repair/restoration of the damaged cement building envelope was considered but the patching process would be detrimental to the historical look of the building, have a shorter life-cycle, would not improve heating/cooling efficiency, and would not meet the qualifications for grant funding;
• Rehabilitation using an Exterior Insulated Finish System (EFIS) was the most economical. It will maintain the aesthetic value of the architectural style of the building while protecting its heritage value, increasing heating/cooling efficiency and complying with grant funding qualifications.
“I am excited to have this project move forward with support from Heritage BC,” Mayor Sulz commented. “The project not only shows our commitment to conserving our valued heritage but it will also add to the beauty of our downtown core.”