Statement from Mayor Cam Guthrie on the police headquarters renovation project

Earlier this week, City staff announced that the general contractor of the Guelph Police Services headquarters renovation project is in default of their contract and is no longer involved with the project.

As your Mayor, I take this situation very seriously and can assure you that our staff does too. City administration has kept Council updated as events unfolded.

Many of you are concerned about what the outcome of this decision will be. Personally, while the situation isn’t ideal, I see it as an important step for moving ahead and getting this project done, particularly in light of what I’ve seen reported by media with respect to the general contractor in other Ontario municipalities.

The City of Guelph has rigorous project management processes in place, and there is extensive oversight on capital projects like this. These processes serve us well in cases like these and have helped us successfully manage and complete other major build projects like the Market Parkade and the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. These are the same processes that helped us identify the issues with the police headquarters renovation that we’re managing now. And these are the same processes that will help ensure the successful completion of future capital construction projects.

This situation is unfortunate; we would all prefer this important project be completed by now. But I believe in our project management processes and our staff’s ability to make good decisions for our community. And that means that when we do finally cut the ribbon on this project, we’ll be doing so for a facility that we can all be proud of, and that will serve our community for years to come.

Cam Guthrie