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Surrey Olympic project could be delayed

The building Surrey promised Vancouver's Olympic committee may not be finished until late May.

A Dec. 15, 2008 construction schedule released for prospective contractors showed an item-by-item work schedule for the Games Preparation Centre project.

May 20-22, 2009 was listed as the occupancy date - almost three months later than announced.

Laurie Cavan, general manager of recreation services, said the Dec. 15 schedule was "posted in error" because it hadn't been approved.

"We are revising the schedule," Cavan said. "We are projecting that the project is on-time and anticipating occupancy at the end of February."

She didn't provide 24 hours with an updated schedule.

Surrey announced the $10.5 million project when it became an official venue city May 26, 2008. Sod, however, was not turned until mid-November.

By then, Olympic committee and Surrey had anticipated construction delays and amended their contract on Oct. 30, 2008.

"Should there be any delays there is no risk to either party," she said.

The original contract included a Feb. 1, 2009 deadline and a clause that waived Surrey's right to defend itself if the committee sued for breach of contract.

Surrey paid $2 million to become a venue city.

Bob Mackin reports for Vancouver's 24 hours.

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