Finishing touches on $600K renos at SDG headquarters

United Counties of SDG headquarters on Pitt Street, Cornwall. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SDG — Nearly $600,000 in lingering office renovations have just about wrapped up at the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry headquarters on Pitt Street.

As with many renos, there have been unplanned add-ons to the overhaul of the “new” 1950s section of the historic structure.  

Counties Council earlier this month approved dipping into the building reserve for an extra $16,000 — to cover the installation of industrial eavestrough and a replacement countertop in the main reception area. And that was on top of earlier change orders of $24,000 that have been included in the 2017 budget, confirmed council member Jim Locke, deputy mayor of South Dundas.

All told, the extras bring the project’s final cost to just shy of $600,000 — up from the original tendered price of $558,495.

North Stormont Mayor Dennis Fife has described the office overhaul as necessary.

Locke sounded a similar note, commenting by email: “My opinion: considering the scope of work and age of building, staff have done well keeping the cost of overruns to a minimum.”

The counties’ leadership had originally hoped for all work to be done by the end of November when the project commenced late last summer.


Counties Clerk Helen Thomson provided this image of deteriorated plaster at SDG headquarters last summer. Some of the original 1950s plaster had to be torn out and replaced with drywall.


One of the office expansions, into a corridor, as it appeared at SDG headquarters last October. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News



From another angle, the office “bump out” into the corridor, over top the original terrazzo floor, as it appeared last fall. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


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