Civil Center will reopen in time for Winter Season
Written by Jesse Baroka on August 14, 2019
IRONWOOD – A plan is in place to allow The Pat O’Donnell Civic Center to reopen and be used this winter. Contractors will be building what they call a temporary dome over the building according to Scott Erickson, Ironwood city manager. In his report to the Ironwood City Commission on Monday, Erickson said it is still not known if the civic center will be able to be rebuilt or need to be replaced with a new structure after the roof collapsed from heavy snow back in March. But this temporary fix will allow the building to be used for winter activities as engineers determine what can be done with the structure. The insurance company has retained the services of a project manager to evaluate next steps. The project manager will handle the logistics and get the contractors together to start on the civic center project. The work will first be to deconstruct parts of the building that were damaged by snow, or will need to be removed for the dome, and other areas that are not meeting current building codes. There is not a start date set yet for the project but should be started in a couple of weeks, Once the roof and walls have been removed the installation of the temporary dome can start. The dome would allow the ice rinks to be operated and skaters can use the restrooms, changing rooms and other portions of the facility. Once the season is over the construction on a rebuild or new build should start in the spring.