MISSISSAUGA — Temple Hotels Inc. has received preliminary structural, mechanical, physical inspection and environmental, health and safety assessment results on its properties located in the Fort McMurray, Alta., area, it was announced June 2.
Seven properties have been identified as having light to moderate impacts from the Fort McMurray wildfires, and are being remediated and cleaned as recommended and supervised by Intertek, Temple’s environmental health and safety consultant. Services available at these properties will continue to be affected for a period of time. Reservations are being taken based on availability.
Two additional properties, Merit Hotel & Suites and Radisson Hotel & Suites Fort McMurray, sustained greater fire, smoke and water damage, and a full assessment and action plan for repair and remediation is being developed and implemented.
The timeline for full opening could be up to three months.
All Temple properties have been subjected to air quality testing, with results generally showing that air quality at all properties is within normal ranges for indoor hotel environments and below applicable guidelines and standard limits, with only a few localized exceptions. Soot, char and fire debris were also tested to inform replacement and/or cleaning of hard and soft surfaces.
Additional testing will be conducted after all remediation and cleaning is complete, to ensure that the indoor areas have been restored to their pre-fire condition.
“We have worked closely with municipal and provincial governments to provide accommodations to first responders and others providing required assessment and restoration services to the community,” said K. Rai Sahi, chief executive officer of Temple Hotels, in a release. “Our efforts are focused on bringing the impacted hotels on line to serve the immediate needs of Fort McMurray.”
Guests returning to Fort McMurray can claim belongings that were abandoned within the company’s hotel properties at the time of evacuation by contacting the individual properties.
Temple's Fort McMurray portfolio comprises 890 rooms in nine properties. Temple maintains insurance coverage based on industry best practices and insurance standards, and includes liability, property, boiler and machinery insurance programs that extend for building, contents and loss of revenue.
It is expected that damage, in excess of Temple's deductible, will be covered by existing insurance, including assessment, restoration and income loss, if any.