A six-month repair job to rehabilitate Westsyde Pool could begin next week once City council authorizes the successful bid on the long-awaited project.
Three bids were submitted for structural repairs to the roof of the 40-year-old building, problems that went unnoticed until they were discovered last year, forcing closure of the pool. It has remained closed since June 2015.
All bids submitted were within the $3.1-million allocated by the City.
Matt Kachel, capital projects supervisor, said the contractor is expected to start work by Aug. 15 and that the project remains on target for completion by Jan. 30, 2017. Tentatively, a pool reopening celebration is set for B.C. Family Day, Monday, Feb. 20.
“Site preparation could begin as early as next week,” he said.
Initially the pool was closed in early 2015 for repairs, but that work revealed extensive rot and the need for major work.
After a series of public consultations in spring on North Shore pools and other recreational amenities, City council opted to side with neighbourhood sentiments and fix the aging indoor pool in Westsyde. However, the costly repair job merely buys a few years before additional money will have to be spent to upgrade the facility’s HVAC and other equipment.
Preparation for roof remediation began in late April when crews conducted geotechnical testing next to the foundation, work required to complete the project design.
The City is considering the possibility of recycling some of the laminated beams from the pool roof to construct a picnic shelter planned for construction next year at Westsyde Centennial Park.
Grouchy 1 says:
August 10, 2016 08:55am
Why is council being so short sighted on this ? The items mentioned above, could have been dealt with at the same time as the roof. No wonder people mock their intelligence, they prove time after time that they are incapable of forward thinking, and problem solving.