The roof of the original building is the big news this next while as portions are being torn off and replaced in stages. The east side above the arena floor is almost totally torn off with the steel purlins also being replaced on that side. Once the weather settles a bit, the insulation will be rolled out and the new panels placed using specialized clips which leaves no exposed fasteners.
Not a small or simple job by any stretch of the imagination, lifting the 120 foot extremely fragile panels required the construction of an equal length spreader bar and careful tensioning of the cables to avoid point loading. Weight is not as much an issue as maintaining the panels in a flat plane so they don’t kink. As the panels were being lifted, work was taking place on the facelift of the old front portion of the building where the lifeguard room used to be. Also included in the facelift was the remainder of the wall on the west side of the curling rink.
This shows the preparation above the baseball field for a new row of lighting on the west side of the parking lot. There will also be a row on the east side close to the toboggan hill. As with all the lighting on the project, some of the most energy efficient features are being used. Some have noticed lights on for long periods of time, however this is still part of the construction process and burn in period.
Curbs have gone in at the front with sidewalks soon to follow which really starts to define the outside area. The photo below shows the pullout area on the west side of the lot for the bus stop and drop off point.
The pool hall finally loses the scaffolding as the paint inspector approves all the overhead epoxy coatings. Cranbrook Flooring has started laying deck tile at the north end of the lap pool moving south. You can see some of the base tile detail next to the cubbies while a mason parges the bottom of the trench next to the lap pool to ensure overflow water moves towards the drains.
While the fitness track takes shape with just a few final details to complete, so does the Creston room although with significantly more details. Metal studding is in place to create the bulkheads which will enclose the new heating pipes and other mechanical. The stud wall looking onto the arena will be in place by the end of the day, ready for electrical and drywall.
Another “Wow” factor component has been finished which is the sprung wood floor for the Fitness Studio. This engineered floor has rubber feet under 2 layers of interlocked plywood before the prefinished maple floor goes on. A close look at the baseboard detail below reveals slots cut in the black base which allows free air movement under the floor into the room. No sooner than when the floor was completed than it was covered with a foam layer and then plywood to protect it until the proper time.
As you drip sweatily in the steam room, you may wonder from where the steam comes. This is the generator on the other side of the wall that provides the preheated vapours.
This rare profile shot of Norm Mailhot from Mayday Electric has him expertly showing an apprentice how to wrangle numerous wires into the fire alarm cabinet. Testing of the fire alarm system took place this week.