The latest exciting, and most noticeable portion of the construction has been the installation of the insulated panels which form the entire wall overtop the steel structure. These R32 panels went up very quickly despite the minus 15 degree temperatures and have changed the look of the building immensely. The panels lock together similar to tongue and groove panels and are caulked on every joint.
Immediately behind Tru-Wal Interiors doing the paneling was City Glass out of Cranbrook installing first the window frames, then the glazing to seal up the outer envelope. The benefits were apparent immediately as certain areas began to warm up quickly with the aid of the glycol heaters. Currently the interior of the pool hall, changerooms and fitness area is quite comfortable to work in despite the lower temps.
Last week the floor was poured in the Leisure pool, providing a much needed surface to begin erection of some pretty complicated forming, plumbing and rebar.
The activity around the pools is amazing - there are crew members completing piping while others install rebar so that the forms can be completed. Still others are prepping surfaces and laying tile. Over the next few weeks, we will see painters on site beginning to prep the underside of the roof for painting.
Most recent was the pouring of the lazy river inside island and all related plumbing and jets in the walls. After the forms are stripped, this island will be used to measure from to ensure parallel walls on the outside of the river.
The façade of the building has forever changed as it awaits the final boarding of the main entrance which receives a stucco finish. As you drive in, the new portion of the facility dwarfs the old.
As the pool gets an interior finish, Colin and Neil from Hedlund Contracting do some minor touchups on the backfill next to the lap pool in preparation for the pouring of the decks.
You can see for tiles and tiles as the Acapulco crew completes the sides and moves to the floor of the pool. The tiling really starts to define the finished product. The entire floor had previously been skim coated with a finishing compound to provide a flat surface.
Project Site meetings are held at key times in the construction schedule. These include representatives from Vic Davies Architects, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering firms plus representatives from RDCK including the Project Manager and staff as well as Construction Management reps from Septra. This provides the opportunity for detailed inspections and further quality control. On the right, Brian Innes from VDA and Doug Ashley from Septra speak with Jorgen from Traditional Timber Framing who will be endmilling and installing all the exterior timberwork. All the wood and sawmilling was generously donated by Huscroft Mills and is milled from local timber.
Block laying continues with the bulk of the masonry done. Here, the opening for the elevator is sealed up around the door and the staging and blocks are put in place to rebuild the wall on the east side of the Erickson Room.
The amount of piping in the facility continues to amaze. Occasional holes have to be cored through the 12 inch thick floor to accommodate specific requirements.
While it may appear that Tyler from Mayday Electric is fashioning a rudimentary noose, we are assured that Mayday has the challenge of routing miles of wiring well in hand.
This project is funded by The Canada-British Columbia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, the residents of the Creston Valley, and donations.