Brandon Water Tower to Undergo Scheduled Structural Assessment

September 16, 2016


Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Engineering Department wishes to advise the public that a planned structural assessment of the municipality’s decommissioned water tower in Rideau Park will be taking place on Saturday, September 17th, and Sunday, September 18th, 2016.

Personnel from Winnipeg-based engineering firm, Stantec, have been contracted to perform the structural assessment, which will determine the tower’s current structural integrity and provide recommendations for remedial work that may be required to maintain the tower as a public monument.

As part of the assessment, two individuals with Stantec will be transported to the top of the structure via a crane and will conduct their inspections while rappelling down the side of the tower. Activity at the site is scheduled to begin at approximately 7 a.m. on Saturday and continue through the day, with crews potentially returning on Sunday morning if required. The public is encouraged to keep a safe distance from the immediate vicinity of the water tower, and to not interfere with the firm’s work.

The Brandon water tower was originally constructed in 1930, reconditioned in the mid-1980’s, and ultimately decommissioned as a water storage facility in 2001. While the water tower is inspected annually in the interest of public safety, this is the first full structural assessment to be undertaken on the water tower since its decommissioning. Funding for the structural assessment was approved by Brandon City Council in the 2016 municipal budget.