A sure sign spring has reached Creston is soccer tournaments taking place on the Alex Nilsson Field juxtapositioned next to fresh construction and a mountain backdrop. The view here is next to the hot tub location, giving an idea of the scenery residents and visitors will enjoy as they soak in soothing waters. This location will also host a walking trail from the north to the south side of the building directly above the soccer field.
Marking layout of where the pools will go has begun in order to backfill and compact to the proper levels. Above is the rough outline of the lazy river painted on the backfill to establish location. A grid line is also being painted to the left so a laser level can be used to determine proper height. Just past the crew marking the lines , compacting continues in the area of the lap pool just before it drops to the diving tank.
This view, seen below, would be in the hallway by the ladies entrance to the pool changeroom and looking back towards the lobby. All the columns are to support the second story and ultimately the roof where the fitness and mechanical room will be.
Below, the crew from NW Construction enjoy the Friday sunshine as they prepare to pour the wall that makes up the loading dock in the back of the pool building. The days of wheelbarrows or power buggies to move concrete are gone as most pours are completed using a concrete pumper. The loading dock will be used to move pool chemicals and supplies in and out of the appropriate area. Also coming through this area will be the main underground power to the building as well as cable and other services which will clean up the skyline a bit.
The new handrails stand proudly outside the arena changeroom emergency exits. Trying out the new stairs are Structural Engineer Wade Griffin, Site Superintendant Bruce Healey, Project Manager Wendell Marshall and Facility Foreman Stu Durning. Still yet to come are insulated metal panels that go on the walls on either side of the stairs. This type of insulated panel will also be used for the Aquatic Facility walls.
The contractor for the tiling has started setting the many boxes of tile required for the arena changeroom showers and washrooms. Once the tiles are set, then comes grouting and fixtures such as showers and urinals. The showers will be on an electronic timer to reduce water consumption and water to the showers is premixed to a set temperature so those teenagers don’t use up all the hot water.
Below, Tyler Mailhot from Mayday Electric talks with Jay Singh, the Electrical Engineer for the project. The project involves regular site visits by the consultants from Architectural, Electrical, Mechanical, Structural and Construction Management every 6 weeks or so to do on-site inspections and recommendations. To the left, Wendell Marshall and Bruce Healey discuss items with Brian Innes from Vic Davies Architect Ltd and Gord Makwich from Septra Projects Ltd. Off-setting the site visits are regular teleconferences every week or two with all consultants to cover off changes and on going construction challenges.
Here is a before and after insulation photo - copper water pipes are insulated, vapor barriered, taped and covered with PVC for mechanical protection and energy conservation.
This project is funded by The Canada-British Columbia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, the residents of the Creston Valley, and donations.