Construction is getting underway at the Scott Safety Centre in Whitecourt.
Equipment and crews are on-site at the arena and are beginning work this week on a 2000 square foot expansion.
The expansion will include a new dressing room for exclusive use by the Whitecourt Wolverines Jr. “A” hockey team, a reception area, offices, washrooms and showers, and a laundry room.
The expansion is an $800,000 partnership project between the Town of Whitecourt and Stark Sports Entertainment, with each side contributing $400,000 to the project. Whitecourt will front the total costs and Stark Sports will reimburse the town their portion on a payment schedule over 6.5 years.
The project is being completed by Edmonton-based company Brennex Building Corporation Ltd. using local contractors and is scheduled to be finished at the end of October.
Both Whitecourt Wolverines owner Brent Stark and the Town of Whitecourt agreed that an exclusive space for the Wolverines to use would cement the team’s presence in the region, and allow for community groups to make use of space that is currently allocated for the team.
The Wolverines will continue to use the existing dressing room at the start of their season in August until the expansion is completed in October.