Residents and businesses near the construction site of the Southeast Event Centre in Steinbach have been warned that pile driving for the project will begin this week.

Construction is already underway, and the City of Steinbach would like to inform those living or working in the surrounding area that they may hear noise and feel vibrations associated with the pile driving.

The intermittent work could happen anytime between 7 am and 6 pm, from Monday to Friday. The pile driving is only expected to wrap up in March. 

According to the City, there is no anticipated impact to travel along Reimer Avenue, Elmdale Street or Hanover Street. However, motorists are asked to use caution in the area and follow any posted signage. 

Construction of the Southeast Event Centre is expected to last until November 2024. The Centennial Arena, built in 1967, will come down after this season is over, to make way for the new facility. 

The project is possible thanks in large part to a funding announcement in 2021 between the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba. The combined funding contribution is up to $17.5 million and at that time, the estimated cost of the project was $42.5 million.

In November of 2022, Steinbach City Council awarded the Southeast Event Centre construction contract to Graham Construction and Engineering Inc., with an updated estimated total project cost of $66.2 million.  

Through a combination of reserve funds, operating funds and debt, the City will provide funding for the facility of $23.2 million, with the remaining $25.5 million expected to come from private and community fundraising coordinated by the Southeast Events Group Inc.