It’s not business as usual at Calgary City Hall.
Crews have discovered a structural problem on the northeast corner of the Municipal Building, an element that does not meet building codes.
Thomas Hanson, Director of Facility Management for the City says the problem is with a steel truss that supports floors 8 to 12 that was discovered during routine maintenance.
“This truss is very large-it’s approximately 22 feet deep and weights approximately 70,000 pounds and contains a number of very detailed connection joints”.
Still Hanson says there’s no indication of any imminent failure at all, and that this is an entirely precautionary measure.
Floors 8 to 12 have been closed and more than 200 city staff will have to find alternate work spaces. As well, City cashiers on the third floor are moving to the main floor.
City officials say there’s no indication on how long it will take to fix the problem.
“That shoring plan will be developed and implemented over the next weeks and months. Following the shoring we’ll be working on remediation or upgrade plan. It’s too early to say what that would entail.”