Calgary

Calgary City Hall to reopen ahead of schedule

City of Calgary employees will be back at work in the downtown municipal building Monday, roughly two weeks ahead of schedule.

Downtown municipal buildings suffered extensive flood damage

More than 1,900 city staff were displaced after floodwaters damaged the downtown municipal complex. (CBC)

City of Calgary employees will be back at work in the downtown municipal building this week, roughly two weeks ahead of schedule.

More than 1,900 city staff were displaced after the building suffered extensive flood damage in June. Since then, staff have been working in various temporary locations around the city but are set to start returning in phases on Monday.

"Since the flood, our commitment has been to returning our displaced colleagues to safe and fully functioning buildings as quickly as possible," said Jason Halfyard, city manager of asset and accommodation planning.

"We're pleased to be able to welcome back staff to the municipal building earlier than expected."

The municipal building is no longer running on generator power. The generators were removed from the property Aug. 16.

The electrical and heating, ventiliation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the municipal building have been tested and are working safely. However, it will take longer to complete repairs on the HVAC systems in the heavily-damaged administration building and old City Hall.

Council meetings are expected to resume in the municipal building's council chamber Sept. 9. City committee meetings will continue to be held at Deerfoot Junction III.

Committee meetings are normally held in old City Hall, not the municipal building.

Deerfoot Junction III has served as a temporary home for city council and committee business since the flood.