Important Message to All Users of the Poirier Forum;
As many of you are aware, the City has experienced a number of instances where programs scheduled at the Poirier Forum have been cancelled on short notice. We want to provide you and update on this situation. These unanticipated interruptions are a result of the build-up of condensation inside this unheated structure that eventually makes its way to the playing surface. As user safety is paramount, staff has been monitoring this situation closely to ensure conditions do not pose a safety risk. Condensation tends to take place during variable and often rapidly-changing weather conditions, and closures have been particularly frequent this winter. Although various steps have been taken to address the issue, such as increasing internal airflow and ventilation, these steps have not had the desired result. Unfortunately, the specific cause of the condensation remains unclear and the City has no way of predicting when these conditions may occur.
The City sincerely regrets these interruptions with the understanding of how frustrating this must be for the organizers and participants. On behalf of City Council and staff, we want to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and appreciate your continued patience in this regard.
Please know that staff is working hard to determine the cause of the condensation as a top priority in order to determine what actions may be available to address this issue in order to maximize the use and availability of this facility. The City has now engaged the services of a building science expert and at this time electronic monitoring is under way to assist in determining the specific cause of the condensation. Once the cause is established, recommended solutions can then be formulated and considered. We are anticipating this work to be completed by the end of April of this year.
In the meantime, the City has added staff to continually monitor and clean the playing surface with the intent of maintaining scheduled programming wherever possible.
If you have any questions, please contact either myself or James Clarke, Manager, Capital Construction, at 604-927-3676 or at jClarke@coquitlam.ca.
Perry Staniscia, R.I.(B.C.), FRI, CRF, RPA, CSM, CPM
General Manager Strategic Initiatives
Direct Phone: 604-927-3017