Workers build the new floating pontoon sections for a downtown pier off Westside Road on Tuesday. Although the main sections of the pier will be in place as early as next week, it is not scheduled to open for public use until September.
The pier doesn't officially open until September, but the main part of the pier will be in place as early as next Tuesday.
The five pontoons that make up the majority of the floating pier are currently being completed in West Kelowna and will be assembled and floated over early Tuesday morning. In the following days the pier will be anchored in place and the first marina walk-out section will be attached, followed by the rental building.
The other two marina walk-outs and the fuel building will be added by September, but the 10-metre-wide terminus section will not arrive until shortly after the Labour Day long weekend.
In early 2012, the City of Kelowna granted Edmonton-based Westcorp Properties the contract to design, build, operate, and maintain a planned waterfront marina located near The Sails sculpture. As a part of the downtown revitalization, the pier was initially slated for a May long weekend debut but ended up delayed until the end of the summer.
Two weeks ago several outlets reported that the flooding in Calgary, where Westcorp's fabrication facility is located, had delayed the construction by three more weeks. However, Westcorp Director of Development Gail Temple told us that the impact of the flood was not significant.
"Calgary was not the reason we were delayed by 3 weeks. It was just all sorts of all our construction delays, engineering, design delays - all of those things compounded together to end up delaying the entire project by about 2 months."
Temple acknowledged it was disappointing to miss the summer business season but explained that the late-May goal was always a best-case scenario.
"That was an extremely aggressive timeline that everyone was trying to reach," she said. "There was a lot [that] would have to get done in order to make that work. Everything would have had to work perfectly."
Once finished, the pier will be 6 metres wide and a total of 115 metres long including the 15-metre gangplank, 91-metre main pier, and 9-metre terminus. The marina will feature 68 moorage slips including 30 slips for overnight moorage, 27 for hourly and single-day moorage, and 11 for rental boats.