Crews have begun work this week to replace the building envelope — roof and walls — of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.
Demolition for the $13.5-million project began nearly two months ahead of schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city bumped its timeline on account of swim meets being cancelled. Initially, the city was planning to start the project at the end of June, working the project around competitive swimming. That final meet in late June, however, has since been cancelled, swept up in myriad event cancellations resulting from the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The project is driven by need to replace the roof and walls on an aging facility. It was built before the Tournament Capital Centre was added, dating back three decades to the Canada Summer Games in the early 1990s.
The project also includes replacing the mechanical, electrical and HVAC systems, replacing boilers with energy-efficiency options, repainting interior pool walls and ceiling, offices and other space, constructing a new entrance to improve accessibility and security, replacing and modernizing change rooms and common areas, replacing the hot tub, sauna and steam room with energy-efficient options and safety improvements.
The general contractor is Chandos Construction and the project is being funded through debt ($6.2 million), reserves ($4.3 million), grants ($2.5 million) and climate action revenues ($500,000).