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Fabrication lab, offices and new washrooms coming to Revelstoke’s Business and Visitor Information Centre

City council awarded the $500,000 contract to Jordan Cochrane Construction
City Council has approved $500,000 in renovations to the Business & Visitor Information Centre. (Jocelyn Doll/Revelstoke Review)

A $500,000 renovation to the Business and Visitor Information Centre has been approved by Revelstoke City Council.

On the main floor of the building, accessible bathrooms will be constructed. In order to compensate for lost office space in that area, the currently unused half of the second floor, across from Community Futures, will be developed into a combination office, meeting and programming space as well as a fabrication lab.

The entirety of the funds for the project are coming from Resort Municipality Initiative funds, a Rural Dividend grant and the Economic Opportunity Fund.

The contract was awarded to Jordan Cochrane Construction for the amount of $527,000. The contractor listed Revelstoke Plumbing & Heating, Canyon Industrial Electric, Lortap Revelstoke and Cameron’s Drywall as potential subcontractors.

Since first proposed, the project has changed a lot to accommodate the development of sustainable tourism practices as well as the allow for the effective collaboration with the community, tourists and other stakeholders, said Ingrid Brohn, director of development services.

She added that because of the impact of the pandemic on businesses in the community it is important to be able to offer programming in the upstairs space.

The concept plans include three additional bathroom stalls on the bottom floor as well as, four offices, a meeting room a seating and lounge area and the fabrication lab on the second floor.

The fabrication lab will be technical prototyping facility that will stimulate entrepreneurs, youth, women and local businesses to develop and commercialize new marketable products through better access to digital manufacturing technologies and tools.

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A rendering of the FAB Lab proposed for the second floor of the Business and Visitor Information Centre. (Third Axis Design)
A rendering for the seating and lounge area with office spaces and a meeting room in the background. (Third Axis Design)
Design sketches of the new second-floor space. (Third Axis Design)
Design sketches for the new washroom on the first floor. (Third Axis Design)