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Cambridge Idea Exchange needs $400k worth of emergency window repairs

With multiple large windows breaking and posing a danger to occupants of the Queen Square Idea Exchange, the city is looking at replacement 'as soon as possible'
Two large windows at the Cambridge Idea Exchange are cracked, according to a staff report

The Idea Exchange in Galt is in need of emergency window repairs and is looking for $400,000 to cover the costs. 

City council will have their say in their next meeting on Aug. 15 as city staff present a report detailing the damage done to two large windows at the library. 

"Two large windows at the Queen’s Square Library have cracked with the first occurring three to four years ago and a more recent occurrence in Oct. 2022," reads the report. 

The two sections in question are single glazed aluminum framed windows on the south side of the building, one on the first floor and one on the second. The majority of these windows are original to the 1968 construction and are believed to be the only original windows remaining in the building.

A structural engineer was contracted to conduct a glass breakage assessment of the entire facility's window system.

It was determined that the glass units are of insufficient strength and thickness and the remaining windows have localized failed exterior sealants and gaskets.

"This conclusion presents a safety hazard to building occupants and therefore it was recommended that replacement of the window systems is required as soon as possible," wrote city staff. 

The engineer puts the repair cost at around $250,000 and the city is asking for an updated budget of $400,000 to cover repair, assessment and design fees. 

The $400,000 project will be funded from the Canada Community-Building Fund, formerly the Federal Gas Tax, which has an uncommitted balance of $1,334,400.