Progress to replace the Westsyde Pool roof has revealed the extent of moisture damage —exposing potentially dangerous rot for all to see — but there may be life yet in the laminated beams.
Work began in earnest last month on the $3.1-million remediation project after preliminary geotechnical testing in early spring. The construction project, still in demolition stages, remains on schedule for a completion date in late January 2017.
The pool has been closed since last year after roof rot, the result of years of undetected exposure to internal moisture, was discovered. Earlier on, extensive rot was obvious in photos provided by the City as it explained the need to temporarily close the facility. Now that exterior roofing materials have been removed, widespread staining caused by prolonged exposure to moisture is clearly visible from the parking lot.
The damage includes deterioration of large laminated beams, spanning 21 metres and more than a metre thick.
Engineering analysis indicated that the structural loading of snow combined with wind could collapse the roof, a risk that made closure of the pool an essential safety measure while the City put together a repair or replacement plan. At public consultations in the spring, the neighbourhood strongly urged the City to repair and reopen the 40-year-old amenity rather than replace it with a multipurpose recreational facility.
But the beams are only partly damaged and can be recycled for other purposes. That’s exactly what the City is considering. The beams could be repurposed at Centennial Park in Westsyde, where the City has been working in collaboration with Westsyde Community Development Society on a continuing series of park improvements.
A spray park was opened in spring and the next enhancement on the society’s agenda is a large picnic shelter. That project, initially planned for next year, is expected now to take shape in 2017-2018 when budget funds are available.
September 10, 2016 12:42pm
September 10, 2016 08:14am
Stewart Duncan says:
September 9, 2016 12:14pm
There's an architect or a contractor or a bureaucrat who should be on the hook for some of this, even if they're all retired.
I don't suggest we lynch them but ... wait, that's not a bad idea.