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Executive Council
Municipal Affairs
August 5, 2011

New City Hall Officially Opens in Corner Brook

The Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today officially opened the new Corner Brook City Hall. The Provincial Government contributed approximately $15 million toward the project, while the City of Corner Brook provided approximately $7 million.

Premier Dunderdale was joined by the Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs; the Honourable Thomas W. Marshall, Minister of Finance and MHA for Humber East; Vaughn Granter, MHA for Humber West; Terry Loder, MHA for Bay of Islands; and Neville Greeley, Mayor of Corner Brook.

“Today is a wonderful day as we officially open the new Corner Brook City Hall,” said Premier Dunderdale. “This modern new facility will serve the residents of Corner Brook and the region for many years to come and our government is proud to have partnered with the city to make this facility a reality.”

Corner Brook City Hall is a 10,000 square metre facility and will house council chambers, office space for city staff along with the Corner Brook Museum and the public library.

“Municipalities require strong infrastructure in order to carry out their important functions,” said Minister O’Brien. “The new Corner Brook City Hall is a great example of this infrastructure and of the numerous projects that have benefited our residents as a result of our government’s partnerships with municipalities.”

Funded by both the Provincial Government and the City of Corner Brook, the new city hall is an important addition to the municipal infrastructure of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“I am very pleased that the Provincial Government was able to partner with the City of Corner Brook on this modern facility,” said Minister Marshall. “An exemplary space for the city to conduct its business, this facility will also be the new home of the Corner Brook library.”

The project received $895,100 from the Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund to help make the facility environmentally-friendly and achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver status.

“This building is unique in many ways, including the environmentally-conscience aspects of the design,” said MHA Granter. “The incorporation of the old courthouse into the design of the building, which now houses the museum, is a strong acknowledgment of the history of Corner Brook. With the inclusion of remembrance space of our war heroes, this building denotes the future of the city while retaining strong ties with its past.”

Ground-source heat pumps will provide heat to the facility and a green roof system will provide vegetation for natural air conditioning and a water reservoir to help reduce run off and provide a bird habitat. A Window on the World (WOW) building monitoring system will display data on the energy performance of the building and serve as an educational tool for visitors. The building will exceed national energy code standards by 25 per cent and generate approximately 500 tonnes less greenhouse gases as a similar facility.

“As Corner Brook continues to grow, proper facilities are required to meet the changing needs of the city,” said MHA Loder. “As a focal point of a revitalized downtown this building will provide Corner Brook with an appropriate city hall for its business and serve as a city landmark.”

Corner Brook City Hall will be open to the public for city business on August 8, with the museum and library opening later in the month.

“It is a proud day in Corner Brook for each and every resident as we officially welcome the opening of this new city hall,” said Mayor Greeley. “As a council our responsibility is to provide the people of Corner Brook with exemplary municipal services. With the addition of this new building we have taken a significant step forward in our progress as a community and I thank the Provincial Government and the people of Corner Brook for their critical support along the way.”

Budget 2011 Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador included $140.8 million for new and ongoing municipal infrastructure projects. When combined with federal cost-shared programs and municipal contributions, the total investment this year is expected to be approximately $219 million.

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Media contacts:

Glenda Power
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
Milly Brown
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
709-729-4304, 631-8477
Ken Morrissey
Director of Communications
Department of Municipal Affairs
709-729-1983, 685-6612
Lary Wells
Executive Assistant to the
Honourable Tom Marshall
MHA for Humber East
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
Neville Greeley
City of Corner Brook

2011 08 05             1:15 p.m.

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