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NEW COMPLEX COMING – This is what Faro’s public works and fire hall complex will look like once it’s complete. Faro celebrated its 50th birthday in 2019. Photo courtesy GOVERNMENT OF YUKON

Faro’s public works building, firehall project revived

A new consolidated Faro public works and firehall project is back on track after a delay of more than a year.

By Tim Giilck on February 16, 2021

A new consolidated Faro public works and firehall project is back on track after a delay of more than a year.

The new $12-million facility will replace two existing buildings that are outdated, government officials said Monday during a virtual news conference.

The project was originally set to tender approximately 18 months ago.

It was halted and redesigned in consultation with Faro officials after the tender came in above budget, said Community Services Minister John Streicker.

The facility was downsized after that. The plan now includes seven vehicle bays; staff offices; shared meeting rooms; parts and tool storage; a morgue; and decontamination areas.

“Today is a very exciting day for the Town of Faro,” said said Faro Mayor Leonard Faber.

“I’m a very happy mayor today. I am thrilled this project has been given a second chance. It’s a significant stepping stone.”

Improving and/or replacing aging municipal infrastructure “continues to be a top priority for us as a council and community,” Faber added.

“This new infrastructure will help to significantly improve safety and service quality to our community by our volunteer fire service, public works and the EMS departments.”

The new building is designed to exceed minimum energy efficiency standards by 25 per cent, Streicker said during the news conference via Zoom.

The federal government is paying $8,866,344 for the project through the Small Communities Fund of the Investing in Canada plan.

The Yukon government of Yukon is providing $2,955,448 for the complex, which will replace 1960s-era facilities.

“Residents of the Town of Faro will benefit from this state-of-the art building that will house vital fire response equipment and personnel, as well as essential public works staff and equipment needed in the community,” said Yukon MP Larry Bagnell. He was speaking on behalf of Catherine McKenna, the federal minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

“This project to consolidate the fire hall and public works building is an efficient use of resources and goes to show just how municipal, territorial and federal governments can partner to bring these projects to reality, to the benefit of the community,” Bagnell added.

“It’s a smart investment in a rural community.”

“We are excited to be working with the Government of Canada to provide funding for this essential building for the Town of Faro,” Streicker said in the news release.

“The community will benefit from this facility’s innovative and environmentally conscious design.

“It will house office-type spaces on the ground floor, and the second floor is a mezzanine for service spaces only.

“We have worked collaboratively with the community to ensure this building meets their needs.”

The new building’s mechanical design utilizes in-floor radiant heating, and air curtains on several of the overhead doors, to minimize heat loss.

Additionally, the structural and electrical service components are designed to accommodate the potential installation of a roof-mounted photovoltaic array.

“This project will also allow us to better support our neighbours and regional partners as well,” Faber said.

“Surely, this important project would not be possible without the full support and commitment of our territorial and federal funding partners, which we deeply value and appreciate.”

Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

Ottawa has invested more than $744 million in 122 infrastructure projects across the Yukon.

Comments (18)

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liberals raised taxes on Feb 25, 2021 at 3:36 pm

or did you not see
tire levy tax
e tax
carbon tax

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Lynx on Feb 22, 2021 at 9:26 pm

Martin you are mistaken when you say "no mining". There are currently two major mines operating in Yukon (Vic Gold and Minto) plus whatever is brought in for exploration. So yes the Yukon is bringing in some money in that sector.

@My opinion - Yes I agree, those darn Liberals. The worst thing they did was give a 3% tax cut to small business. The Yukon Party gave them a 1% cut during their time in office and that was more than enough. Hopefully the Yukon Party will raise taxes if they win the next election unlike the Liberals who lowered them.

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Anie on Feb 22, 2021 at 1:38 pm

It looks like without those windows in the bay doors, there would be no natural light along at least two exterior walls.

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Jim on Feb 19, 2021 at 10:00 pm

This building looks very basic and suited for the town. I guess the only question is how on earth can something like this cost $12 million. That’s over a million per bay. Did the designers go overboard with the finishes or mechanical? I know it’s all government funded, but the government has no money. They are spending ours. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could build 25% above normal efficiency and have in floor heat in your big garage. Maybe prewire for solar panels while your at it. But they can because it’s not their money.

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Tater on Feb 19, 2021 at 4:38 pm

I don't begrudge the windows for the office staff, but garage doors with almost 50% window is a bit much. I don't see any privately developed buildings with that many door windows.

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anie --- on Feb 19, 2021 at 3:56 pm

Ever wonder why the private sector doesn't use glass window bay doors?
It raises the heating bill

The comment isn't about the bay doors, it's about the windows.

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Anie on Feb 19, 2021 at 3:07 pm

That building looks to be about as utilitarian as it could possibly be. There is nothing I see in the drawing that is not basic and practical. What on earth are people complaining about? Is it just "well, it's not for me, so I don't like it?"

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Anie on Feb 19, 2021 at 3:03 pm

To Uh - Without the giant bay doors, how do you propose to get the quip net into the building. That is, after all, the purpose of that part of the building. The windows in those doors allow natural light. Would you rather not have that!

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JC on Feb 18, 2021 at 10:36 am

BC greased palms run this territory, and all the lickspittle landlords and business owners defend the process.

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Uh --- on Feb 17, 2021 at 6:10 pm

Only in the Yukon:
"K, so we have harsh weather for a majority of the year."

"Let's put a bunch of glass windows in giant bay doors! That should help with sunshine!"
"Won't this cause a loss of heat and also the windows will need regular cleaning?"
"Liberals spent money!"

"uh, but,k?"

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Join The Liberal Pride! on Feb 17, 2021 at 6:04 pm

Well Vern... Not so fast there. You may have to give up your pride but you can use anyone of those Rainbow crosswalks downtown anytime you need a boost.
Come to Whitehorse - Viva La Liberal Revolution!

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martin on Feb 17, 2021 at 5:07 pm

The federal gov = $8,866,344 and YG = $2,955,448, equals $ 11,821,792 in Fed Funds, since we have no-revenue in 2020. No mining, no turism, no other source.

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bonanzajoe on Feb 17, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Nice looking building and I think Faro deserves it. But they should have put some mountains behind the artist's conception. Also, I think the YG should promote Faro more to build up the population. I spent 2 years in Faro, years ago and think its a beautiful town and location - a dreamers dream. If it had a good size population and more senior citizens, I would be tempted to move there. They need a couple of restaurants - Timmies and McDonalds, and A&W comes to mind as well. And a good priced grocery store. Come on Government many of us oldies would like to live there.

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My Opinion on Feb 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Typical Liberals. Bringing out the Cheque book at election time. Just like Larry. Buying votes with our money. Most of these promises are reruns anyway, they have no intentions of doing most of them, just trying to get re elected.

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underrepresented on Feb 17, 2021 at 10:06 am

and yet Pelly Crossing, YT has no fire protection service what so ever, no public service building; an out dated fire truck the FN bought many years ago; last house fire in Pelly the wildland firefighters came to help but the house burned to the ground.

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YT on Feb 17, 2021 at 7:43 am

Is there a piece of legislation somewhere that requires all design services to be performed by KZA?
And, why is the government using a general they're currently suing over poor work?

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Yukoner on Feb 17, 2021 at 6:22 am

Money money money... for everyone as long as it gets us re-elected.

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Vern Schlimbesser on Feb 16, 2021 at 5:17 pm

180 Billion dollars available, but no money for you Keno. 25 people are not enough to form a viable community. You are all supposed to shut down and move to Whitehorse where the Government will allot you a a small stipend of recognized value....you just have to give up your pride, and a bit integrity.

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