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#1 Bingo

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 11:48 PM

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#2 Bernard

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 12:13 PM

Here is a bit of video of the fountains that were allowed to freeze up recently


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#3 amor de cosmos

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:25 AM

If they can't cough up the pocket change needed to fix possibly the most important & recognisable building in BC I think the need for a new roof for BC Place, Evergreen Line & Skytrain lines to Surrey & UBC, & new Massey tunnel bridge have all been slightly overstated!
 

The B.C. legislature’s dome will be outfitted with an “accelerometer” to figure out how much it is twisting and whether taxpayers need to spend millions in repairs.
 
Politicians on the legislature’s management committee voted Thursday to monitor the dome with the device for several months to see if it is moving, before deciding how much — if anything — to spend on stabilization.
 
“It may well be it has come to rest where it is and there may not be any additional movement,” said Speaker Linda Reid.
 
“We need to learn that before we decide on the next course of action. We’re measuring it first.”
 
MLAs were told two weeks ago that the green copper-plated dome was “twisting” and was one example of more than $5.7 million in critical upgrades needed to stabilize the 115-year-old capital building.
 
On Thursday, they said the concerns may have been slightly overstated.




Engineers last noticed the legislature’s dome had moved in a 2006 report. The accelerometer will tell engineers what additional movement is recorded over the next six months.

Engineers have also said the rest of the historic building is deteriorating rapidly and suffers from old brick walls that aren’t reinforced, a lack of sprinklers, overcrowding and obsolete systems for power, plumbing, lighting and communication.

The cost of repairing the building has varied widely in recent years, from as much as $70 million identified last month to more than $250 million in seismic work and long-term maintenance flagged by engineers in 2006.

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#4 Nparker

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:29 AM

If they can't cough up the pocket change needed to fix possibly the most recognisable building in BC I think the need for a new roof for BC Place, Skytrain lines to Surrey & UBC, & new Massey tunnel have been slightly overstated!

But those things are all in the REAL capital of BC, you know the region that actually elects the government. Victoria and the Island should be grateful we get even crumbs back for the taxes we pay. :bow:



#5 Mike K.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 12:58 PM

As the Legislature continues to age the idea of knocking it down and moving operations to Vancouver will only heat up and I foresee a lot of silly debates and political bickering about relocating the capital to Vancouver. Of course it will never happen but stakes will be drawn and the media will whip everyone into an absolute frenzy.


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:48 AM

I don't know. I think that they will likely cough up the money for it in the end.


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#7 aastra

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:53 AM

They being us?



#8 amor de cosmos

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:32 AM

In today's news:
 

Palace of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Deloitte Real Estate, HOK and AECOM to consider restoration and repair options for Palace of Westminster in London
 
Deloitte Real Estate, HOK and AECOM have been appointed to create a report showing the feasibility and costs of three potential options for the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster, London. Supported by Skanska, David Bonnett Associates and MFD International, the team will examine the cost, timescale, risks and benefits of three options:

1.    continuing repairs and replacement of the fabric and systems of the Palace over an indefinite period of time

2.    a defined, rolling programme of more substantial repairs and replacement over a long period, but still working around continued use of the Palace

3.    scheduling the works over a more concentrated period, with parliamentary activities moved elsewhere to allow unrestricted access to the Palace for the delivery of the works

The Palace of Westminster is a Grade I listed building in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is in gross need of restoration works. Constructed during the Middle Ages, the Palace of Westminster is the meeting point of the House of Commons and House of Lords, situated on the banks of the River Thames.

In a written statement to both Houses, John Thurso MP, Spokesman for the House of Commons Commission, and Lord Sewel, Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords, announced: “The Palace will require very significant renovation in the years to come. The Commission and the House Committee recognised in 2012 that doing nothing is not an option. 

"They accept their responsibilities as custodians of a great iconic building and the need to ensure its future. Selection of a preferred way forward is expected to occur during the course of the next Parliament, not this one.

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 07:29 AM

The flag pole is being cut down in sections by tree fallers and a crane  right now



#10 Mike K.

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 08:41 AM

...cutting down a metal flag pole?

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#11 Benezet

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 08:49 AM

...cutting down a metal flag pole?


It's wood.

#12 HB

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 09:33 AM

that flag pole has been up for about 100 years . It was found on a beach on Dallas rd



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Posted 02 April 2016 - 09:39 AM

They had a guy in spurs cutting sections while a crane lifted them to the ground. A tree service cherry picker had a guy up there un bolting the stays

 

 

 
Invitation to Tender e-Advertisement        Legislative Assembly of British Columbia   BC Legislature Cenotaph Plaza and Flagpole   Concrete Building Glass, Tile, Brick and Block Demolition       All Locations Specified          Supplier Attachments Exist       This document may not be responded to Online       For more information contact:   Spraggett, Randy
Facility Manager   Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Legislative Facility Services
Room 002, 431 Menzies Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8V 1X4   Phone: 1 (250) 952-8137   Fax:    Email: Randy.Spraggett@leg.bc.ca                   Final                         Solicitation Number:   GE14113.1   Original Publish Date:   2016/01/06 Close Date & Time:   2016/01/22 14:00       Time Zone:   Pacific Time             Approx. Time Left:     All dates are yyyy/mm/dd           Summary Details: The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia invites tenders from qualified general contractors for the construction of an upgraded plaza on the Legislature grounds. The project also includes the construction/ installation of a new flagpole and the removal of the existing flagpole.

A MANDATORY site meeting is scheduled for 9:00 AM on January 13th 2016 at the existing Cenotaph Plaza near the intersection of Belleville and Government Street, in Victoria BC.

The tender will not be opened in public. Submissions and/or amendments will not be accepted by facsimile or email. Late submissions or submissions delivered to locations other than the address indicated will be returned to the tenderer unopened.  

 

 

 



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Posted 02 April 2016 - 10:21 AM

I hope they make it twice as tall and add led lighting up the length of the pole

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 10:24 AM

its going to be shorter and apparently more than one



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Posted 02 April 2016 - 07:25 PM

A time Lapse from this morning

 


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#17 Fairbanks

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 09:34 AM

I wish they would clean the outside of the Legislature.  Desperately in need of a sandblasting.



#18 johnk

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 04:08 PM

I'd like to see the amusement park-style lightbulbs tossed. Cheap and tacky-looking with ridiculous maintenance.
In europe they floodlight buildings with in-ground fixtures, no need for acrobats and ladders to change out dead bulbs.
BONUS: they show the relief and sculptural elements, light and shadow illustrating the architectural features rather than rinky-dink bulbs simply providing an outline.
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#19 LJ

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 07:57 PM

Yeah, I agree, use laser lights in different colours.


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 10:12 PM

Yeah, I agree, use laser lights in different colours.


For big special events like Canada Day.

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