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Temporary Conservatory Closure Based on Facility Assessments

February 27, 2012 – The City of Thunder Bay is providing more information about the temporary closure of the Centennial Botanical Conservatory to help residents understand why the shutdown was necessary.

The most recent issue with the Conservatory glass occurred today when a pane cracked and dislodged and was found hanging from the ceiling during the daily inspection (see attached photo).

Several studies have been conducted on the Conservatory in recent years, including one on the glazing on Feb. 2 by KGS Consulting Group after a piece of glass fell from the ceiling (see attached photo). “This report led us to temporarily close the Conservatory. This precautionary measure allows the City to complete a more detailed review identifying options and next steps,” said Tim Commisso, City Manager.

The City of Thunder Bay is responsible under the Ontario Health & Safety Act for all its facilities and services relating to the public and to City employees. The City regularly obtains third party independent assessments and that is what occurred with the Conservatory.

“For the last few years, 12 to 15 panes of glass have been replaced annually after falling from the roof, that’s why it was imperative that we temporarily close this facility while we do more studies to determine our options,” said Michael Smith, General Manager Facilities & Fleet.

“The reports and photos justify the actions taken in temporarily closing the Conservatory. This should clarify the misinformation that has appeared in recent media reports about the Conservatory,” Smith added.

The City of Thunder Bay is increasing capital spending on Infrastructure Renewal, including Facilities.

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Contact: Michael Smith, General Manager – Facilities & Fleet, 684-2774

Conservatory Feb. 27-2012


This photo of a hanging piece of glass was taken at the Centennial Botanical Conservatory on February 27, 2012.



Conservatory Jan. 31-2012


This photo of a missing pane of glass was taken at the Centennial Botanical Conservatory on January 31, 2012, after the glass fell from the ceiling.






KGS Report on Conservatory Structural Review Dec. 3, 2010 Adobe PDF, 12 pages, 212 MB