RDCK Readies for Nelson Aquatic Centre Reno:

Temporary shutdown slated for spring 2015

 It was state of the art in 1975 when it opened, but after nearly four decades of service to the community, the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre is in dire need of upgrades. Renovation work is scheduled to begin in April 2015 with construction expected to be done by December 2015, the Regional District of Central Kootenay said today.

"We reviewed the aquatic centre renovations in public meetings for our recreation master plan this past spring, and I think those who attended could see that fixing this facility is crucial," said Joe Chirico, community services manager for the RDCK.

Fixes will include new mechanical systems, electrical panels and equipment, a relocated lifeguard station, new sauna, new pool decks, tiles and water proofing membranes. The maximum borrowing for all renovations is $4.5 million, and with this investment the RDCK expects the facility to last at least another 40 years.

"The sooner we get started, the less we’ll spend on construction materials costs due to inflation, and the greater likelihood we’ll have of finding an excellent contractor to take this on," said Chirico. The Quantity Surveyor for the project estimates each month that the project is delayed equates to a one per cent increase in cost and that the best tendering period for competitive bids is January to February.

"There’s no doubt that construction of any kind disrupts the community’s use of our recreation facilities," said Ramona Faust, chair of the RDCK’s Nelson and District recreation commission. "Getting started on this project as soon as possible means we’re that much closer to enjoying a more reliable and functional aquatic centre for years to come."

The Nelson and District Community Complex arena, fitness area, meeting rooms and offices will remain open during renovations. Facility pass holders who have already purchased a pass that expires after April 1, 2015 will have the option to receive a pro-rated credit or refund while the aquatic centre is closed. The RDCK is in discussions with pool user groups to explore alternatives to the aquatic centre while renovations take place.
The RDCK will continue to provide regular updates over the coming months.


Joe Chirico
General Manager of Community Services
Regional District of Central Kootenay

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