City Hall and Courthouse timeline



April 4, 2004

City Council votes to build a New City Hall and plans to convert the original City Hall building into Guelph’s Provincial Offences Administration (POA) Court.

October 24, 2005

City Council approves the design for a New City Hall.

July 4, 2006

The City hires Urbacon is as general contractor for the construction of City Hall and the POA Court. City Hall was to be substantially complete by February 28, 2008.

November 13, 2006 Municipal election.
December 13, 2007 City Hall completion date is extended to August 15, 2008.To accommodate design changes the completion date is further extended to September 8, 2008.
February 28, 2008 Original scheduled completion date for City Hall.
August 15, 2008 First renegotiated completion date for City Hall.
September 8, 2008 Second renegotiated completion date for New City Hall.The building is not substantially complete. The City sends a letter of default to Urbacon.
September 19, 2008 The City terminates Urbacon’s right to work to completion and Urbacon is ordered to leave the site.
October 9, 2008 Urbacon files a $20-million, breach-of-contract lawsuit against the City.
October 17, 2008 The City formally terminates its contract with Urbacon and serves a Statement of Defence and counterclaim against Urbacon, claiming $5 million in damages for breach of contract.An inspection identifies approximately 100 pages of building deficiencies.
October 20, 2008 The City invites several sub-contractors to return to the site to complete their work. Two sub-contractors do not successfully negotiate their return to work on the site, and the City hires a new subcontractor to finish that work.
March 17, 2009 City employees begin moving in to New City Hall.
April 7, 2009 New City Hall is open to the public.
May 14, 2009 City hires Collaborative Structures Ltd. to renovate 59 Carden Street and convert it to serve as Guelph’s POA Court. Construction begins on the site.
May 28, 2009 New City Hall was certified substantially complete—more than a year later than originally scheduled. Work valued at more than $350,000 has yet to be completed.
July 30, 2010 POA Court employees move in to 59 Carden Street. The building is open to the public and court proceedings are underway.The City hires J.G. Goetz Construction Ltd. to build Market Square, including the interactive water feature, skating rink and pavilion building.
September 20, 2010 Carden Street is closed for construction until December. Construction on pavilion basement and mechanical control room for the skating rink continues through winter.
October 25, 2010 Municipal election.
June 8, 2012 The interactive fountain in Market Square in front of City Hall is open to the public.
September 20, 2012 Voluntary mediation between Urbacon and the City proves unsuccessful and the matter proceeds to trial.
January 21, 2013 The trial to determine liability begins in a court in Brampton, Ontario, and continues for several weeks.
March 31, 2014 The court makes its ruling in the liability trial.
July 14, 2014 A date is set for the damages trial: October 14, 2014.
September 8, 2014 City and Urbacon settle out of court for $6.6 million.
June 2015 Final actions in Urbacon litigation settled
June 2015 City extends its own full accounting analysis; engages an independent third party to conduct a capital cost audit.
August 4, 2015 CAO Ann Pappert presents findings and recommendations of third party review of the City’s management of complex capital projects
September 2015 City presents findings from independent third party capital cost audit/financial review

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