Brockville to spend just under $40K on updated architectural renderings for new sewage station following public feedback

An image of an architectural rendering of the sewage station. – Photo via the City of Brockville website

At the meeting of the Brockville General Committee, members received an updated staff report concerning the design renderings for the updated main sewage pump station. The report was prepared by Director of Engineering & Infrastructure Services Peter Raabe.

The recommendation for the committee was that the three architectural renderings for the pump station (based on the preferred results from the online survey) be prepared by J.L. Richards for a future public information centre (PIC) presentation. J.L Richards is based in Ottawa and provides engineering, architecture, and planning services in both the private and public sectors.

After announcing Brockville’s new above-ground pumping station in March 2024, it became very evident to city councillors that the visual aesthetics of the proposed station were of great public concern given its location at the popular Centeen Park. 

As a result, on May 21, the city posted an online survey on EngageBrockville.com to gather insight and suggestions from the public about the potential design. The survey closed on June 7, and the city received 607 completed surveys accompanied by 27 comments.

Some of the noteworthy suggestions received from the public during the survey were:

  • “Another option is to bring in an artist that can transform the sides of the building into a pictorial historic piece of art that will complement the waterfront experience while maintaining its functional purpose.”
  • “Is there any chance the building will have a public bathroom and possibly showers (for swimmers and divers) for users of the park?”
  • “It would be great to see steps put in between the steps at Centeen. On the slope for people to access the water. To be honest we have seen a number of people fall there. Short-sighted city planning”
  • “Would it be possible to integrate benches in the design of the building? A smart amphitheatre style of design or something since the park is used a lot for viewing fireworks and watching the river”

The full survey results can be accessed here.

Based on the preferred options and comments received, city staff have commissioned J.L. Richards to prepare three architectural renderings that will be presented to the public. This next PIC will determine the preferred option and from there,  a new recommendation will be made to council to move forward with a final design.

“The renderings are basically just something for the architects to go on to complete the design of the project,” Raabe clarified.  

Rabbe was asked about the timeline by Councilor Severson, however, he said he could not confirm anything with certainty but estimated the designs themselves would take around a month to prepare.

According to the staff report, the city will be undertaking an additional cost of $39,495 plus taxes needed to hire J.L Richards to complete these renderings. However, the report confirms that “there are sufficient funds in the account to accommodate the change in scope and additional work.”

Councillor Deery commented, “I’m sure there will be people asking as we’re seeing the numbers pile up about why we’re spending $39,000 on rendered drawings but when you think about the scope of the project and its impact on the community, you’re talking less than a fraction of one percent of the total.”

The matter was carried unanimously by all members of the committee. Brockvilleist will continue to provide information on the Main Sewage Pump Station as it becomes available.


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