The City of Kamloops has received more than $2.5 million from the provincial and federal governments’ Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program-CleanBC Communities Fund Program to help pay for energy-efficiency upgrades at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.
The $13.5-million project began in June and is expected to be finished in January, when the pool is scheduled to reopen to the public.
Both federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna and provincial Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman lauded the project in statements.
The money will help pay for a number of high-performance upgrades to the 27-year-old building’s envelope (walls, roof, and windows) — mechanical, electrical and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems that will significantly increase the facility’s energy efficiency and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
The project also includes 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).
“This is a significant investment in this project, which recognizes our commitment to minimizing our environmental footprint,” said Glen Cheetham, the city’s sustainability services supervisor. “The improvements that have been integrated into this project will help us work towards the goals outlined in the Sustainable Kamloops Plan.”
Crews have worked to reduce the environmental impact of the construction. As of August, the project has diverted 98 per cent of waste materials to be recycled at the Kamloops Resource Recovery Centre (the former Owl Road dump in Valleyview), which has prevented more than 360,000 pounds of material from ending up in the landfill.
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