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Hamilton, Ontario, June 22, 2010 – Following an extensive renovation process, the City of Hamilton celebrated the revitalization of Hamilton City Hall at a grand re-opening event Tuesday along with funding partners from the federal and provincial governments and the Hamilton community. Citizens of all ages came together to catch a glimpse of the renovated heritage building while enjoying food and local entertainment.

"The improvements made to Hamilton City Hall are a positive step in the right direction," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Member of Parliament for Haldimand—Norfolk. "With its green roof and energy-saving technologies, our government is proud to be working with municipalities to support this type of environmentally-friendly infrastructure that Canadians will benefit from both immediately and in the future."

The total cost to renovate City Hall was $74 million including construction and swing space. The project received $30.7 million through the federal Gas Tax Fund and $25 million through the province's investing in Ontario funding.

"The City Hall renovation stands as a symbol of Hamilton's renewal, preserving the best of its past and looking ahead to a vibrant future," said the Honourable Sophia Aggelonitis, Minister of Consumer Services and MPP for Hamilton Mountain.

"This is a spectacular day for the people of Hamilton," said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. "The re-opening of our newly renovated City Hall is an excellent example of blending the old with the new – preserving cherished heritage features while bringing the building to up to modern standards and implementing energy efficient measures. I would like to congratulate the City Hall Renovation Steering Committee and staff for completing this project ahead of schedule and under budget."

The Government of Canada extended the federal Gas Tax Fund to 2014 resulting in $746 million in funding annually for municipal infrastructure in Ontario. On April 23, 2010, the Government of Canada announced that Ontario received an advance payment of $373 million, which enables the province to allocate the Gas Tax funding sooner to municipalities, helping them make the most of the spring and summer construction seasons.

Hamilton City Hall, originally built in 1960 by architect Stanley Roscoe, required a comprehensive renovation to meet current building and accessibility standards and modern energy efficiency requirements. The renovation project began in the fall of 2008 and included the removal of existing asbestos, new cladding, curtain wall (window façade), roofing and mechanical/electrical systems, as well as the installation of a green roof. The revitalized building's heating and cooling requirements are now supplied by connections to existing district energy systems located in Downtown Hamilton.

Among the features of the renovated City Hall are the new Citizen Service Centre and one-stop for businesses on the first floor, enhanced accessibility throughout the building and forecourt and environmentally sustainable elements. The renovated City Hall is expected to reduce energy consumption by 35 per cent, an estimated savings of $233,000 per year for the City.

For additional information:

Office of Mayor Fred Eisenberger
905-546-4106

Gerry Davis
General Manager, Public Works
City of Hamilton
905-546-2424, ext. 2313

Infrastructure Canada
613-948-1148