Check back later for a history of the Station House project and a recap of how we got to where we are today.
As of September 15, 2015, here is where the project is:
We had a lot of momentum on the Station House project in the spring/early summer. We capitalized on that and engaged an engineer to design solutions for some of the structural repair issues that had been identified in the investigative phase. The biggest of those structural issues are the walls/roof and the support beam in the basement.
The engineers in the investigative phase proposed some solutions that our team thought were more costly than perhaps necessary. In order to do due diligence, we engaged a second opinion and are eagerly awaiting his final report. It is due back by the end of September.
Once the final report is in, we will be able to issue request for proposals (RFP) that incorporates the engineering designs. Work has already begun drafting the text of the RFP, but obviously cannot be finalized until the final report is in.
In the spring, we applied for $250 000 grant from the Canada150 Building Infrastructure Programme. We were hoping to have heard back by July/August; however, the early election call means that federal grant decisions are on hold until after the October 19 election. We are hoping that we will hear something from them in November.
The structural and building envelope repairs (phase one) are not covered in the grant and we are confident we will have an answer on the funding by the time that phase is done. Once we know if we are successful, we can plan accordingly for the completion of the rest of the project.
Through BC Heritage Awareness Funding, we did receive $2250 to be used towards exterior displays at Station House. This funding is good for up to one year, so that signage will be completed in June 2016. Over the winter, we will be working with designers and researchers to create a display that educates Station House users on its fascinating history.
Fun Fact: The grandson of the architect of Station House dropped by the Hope Visitor Centre last week on his way through Hope. We had a great chat about some of the projects his grandfather (John Schofield) was involved in. He is going to mine his family records for any information about Station House from the architect’s perspective and share what he finds with us.
For more information about any aspect of the project, don’t hesitate to connect with Tammy Shields (Executive Director) at (604) 860-0930 or firstname.lastname@example.org