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Whitehorse company wins public safety building contract

A Whitehorse company has the winning bid to build a new public safety building, which will house both the city's fire department and bylaw services.

A Whitehorse company has the winning bid to build a new public safety building, which will house both the city's fire department and bylaw services.

Pending final approval from city council, Ketza Construction will start building the facility at the top of Two Mile Hill next month.

The tender is expected to go before council next Monday. If approved, the contract will be awarded on July 13.

"The budget we had for this was $10.2 million, so we're $400,000 under budget," said George White, the city's manager of maintenance and safety services.

"Hopefully they'll start turning dirt [in] about middle of August, with anticipated completion in November 2010."

A new building for the city's fire and bylaw departments is much needed, Whitehorse fire Chief Clive Sparks said.

"This building is replacing … [a] building that is 40 years old, so it has a long life expectancy," Sparks said.

"It's also being constructed to what's called 'post-disaster standards,' which means, hopefully, in the event of a major earthquake it's the last building standing and still operable."

Ketza Construction beat out six other companies for the contract, submitting the lowest bid at $9.8 million. The highest bid came in at $11.5 million.

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