09/05/2014 12:16 EDT | Updated 11/04/2014 05:59 EST

Saskatoon sues two companies over alleged defects at fitness centre

SASKATOON - The City of Saskatoon is taking a pair of companies involved in building the Shaw Centre to court.

The facility, built in partnership between the City and Saskatoon's public and separate school boards, houses a fitness centre and swimming pools.

A statement of claim filed by the city solicitor's office alleges problems with the building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning system became apparent shortly after the facility opened in 2009.

The court documents allege that poor airflow made parts of the building far too hot and that excess humidity trapped inside caused damage.

The statement details several efforts to fix the issues, culminating in the hiring of outside consultants to evaluate the system in the fall of 2013 and over $1 million in repairs.

The suit seeks penalties against Henry Downing Architects and Daniels Wingerak Engineering.