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Idle cranes slow Sopa Square construction in Kelowna

Work has slowed on the Sopa Square development in the South Pandosy area of Kelowna after ground settlement idled two large cranes on the site. - Alistair Waters/Capital News
Work has slowed on the Sopa Square development in the South Pandosy area of Kelowna after ground settlement idled two large cranes on the site.
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Work on a large residential-commercial development in South Pandosy has slowed so engineers can gauge the effect of ground settlement on two tall cranes being used on the site.

Edmaro Cabete, president of Cabete Construction Inc., the company building Sopa Square, said Monday his crews discovered the ground settlement and called in engineers to determine the impact on the cranes.

He said while there is no public safety risk, it was decided to halt use of the cranes on the site for a week to monitor impact. At this point, there are no planes to take down the two cranes, said Cabete.

"We were moving excavating on the site when we discovered this,"he said. "We immediately notified Worksafe BC and called in the inspectors to be on the safe side."

He said while the cranes remain idle, work will continue on the site but it will be slowed without use of the cranes.

Sopa Square is an 11-storey residential, commercial and office building located in the 3,000-block of South Pandosy.

Slated to include 87 residential units, 50,000-square-feet of commercial space and 20,000-square-feet of office space, it is the one of largest residential developments currently being built in the city.

 

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