A big construction project in Strathcona County has been put on pause.

After years of planning, construction of a multi-purpose agricultural facility began in the county in the fall. The facility will be called The Pointe and will host events and activities year-round. 

They put the project out for tender in the spring and found a volatile construction market impacted by increased material pricing, transportation disruptions and higher than forecasted global demand for construction materials. This all resulted in construction costs exceeding what was initially planned for.

As a result, construction of the project was put on hold temporarily.

"Right now the market has become somewhat unpredictable and we felt it's just best to let the COVID issue start to wean through and allow the market to settle down a little bit, so we've got a little bit more predictability," explained Diehl Townsley, director of facility services.

While activity at the site has stopped, administration is still working on getting permits and finishing up marketing plans and strategies for the facility.

They are planning to evaluate the market sometime in the new year to decide when construction can start up again.

The project is estimated to cost around $71.2-million, which includes rural site preparation and servicing, as well as building and amenities.