The new Comfort Inn in North Battleford will be the first new hotel built in the city since 2006, but has been delayed and is now looking at a completion date of March next year.
The hotel, located on Carlton Trail between the CUPlex and Walmart, was originally scheduled to be open last month but changes in construction companies and building materials have caused the date to be pushed back six months.
CCR Hospitality is in charge of the build and sales and relationship manager, Darin Menegre, said an additional six rooms are being added to the hotel to bring the total to 105. He added exterior walls of the hotel will now be made of steel and concrete as opposed to mostly wood, which was the original plan.
Menegre said even though these changes will delay completion, it will make guests experience a lot more enjoyable.
“This will make rooms more soundproof and much warmer,” Menegre said. “We completed a hotel earlier this year with the wood build and we found the steel and the concrete is just significantly better. It is just a more solid building. It will also be more energy efficient.”
Menegre said changing materials also meant changing construction companies, which was a big reason for the delay. The manager added things like the parking lot and curbs, which were scheduled to be done last, have already been completed. Right now, workers are currently building a water reservoir pond for flash floods.
The unique thing about this build is all the hotel rooms are built as modules in Three Hills, Alberta and are shipped to North Battleford to be stacked together to create the building. Menegre said the modules will start being stacked the third week of November. He added the best part about erecting buildings this way is that winter doesn’t factor in construction.
The manager said there are currently over 40 modules on Carlton Trail ready to be stacked. Another interesting fact about the modules is they are ready for guests before they are stacked.
“They stack the rooms up and all you have to do is put the linen on the beds. All the blinds, TVs, everything is already in them. Also the beds will be amazing. They will be the most comfortable beds in Western Canada. We got all the mattresses locally from Battleford Furniture.”
Menegre acknowledged with all the good the delay will be adding to the experience of the hotel, there does come bad, especially in terms of timing.
“We will unfortunately not be open for the Winter Games in February. This new building process has been a learning curve and I wish this build was one of the ones going up in the future. I am from North Battleford and I am going to be prouder about this build than any others so I am disappointed we can’t be open for the games.”
Menegre said now the plan is to make sure the hotel is open for dance festivals in the spring next year.
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