The New Year begins and with it comes amenities such as doors and windows. It is a completely different look without the green tarps that covered the openings in the past to a more refined appearance which will only get more spruced up these next few months. The new front entrance will have 2 sets of doors to act as an airlock so building heat is not lost like the old entrance. We are looking forward to the elimination of drafts!
Along with the front doors, most other glazing is installed making a fairly airtight facility which is a lot easier to maintain a level of heating suitable for the trades to work. The warmer weather certainly plays a big part in this also as work around the pools continues.
Finishing up the forming on the lazy river and southwest wall of the leisure pool led right into pouring on Jan 14th. Some of the most intricate forming will provide the most interesting features. Below, finishing touches are put on the fresh concrete for the ramp leading into the leisure pool which will provide easier access for seniors and wheelchairs.
Following the pouring of the pool walls, trucks kept pumping concrete all around and between the pools in order to meet the specification of having all piping for the pools totally encased in concrete. Prior to pouring a steel reinforcing cage was tied around all the piping to maintain concrete integrity against shifting or cracking. This pour was 150 cubic metres of concrete.
Site Superintendant Mr. Bruce Healey checks rebar placement after a pour to ensure levels are met for the deck drain piping.
Currently, the falsework is going up around the lap pool. This wooden structure will precisely support all the inserts and drains while the deck is poured. It also allows for the complex multiple slopes of the deck surface to be created to have water flow to appropriate drain.
This panoramic shot shows the lease space area directly across from the main stairwell and elevator. The studding and drywalling crew is quickly boxing and covering in areas in prep for mudding and finally painting. The piping, protrusions and angles that the crew has to cut and fit around demonstrates the ability of the boys to measure once and cut once.
Painting is the most noticeable trade on site presently or at least to the olfactory nerve. They are almost done on the majority of the ceiling in the fitness area and are well into the changerooms downstairs. They will return upstairs once all the ducting, sprinkler and electrical lines are in as they will need to be coated also. Not your average paint job, the specification calls for epoxy based coatings wherever exposure to moisture is possible such as the changerooms and pool area. Three and four coats are not uncommon on many of the surfaces.
These are an example of the sand filtration units that will continuously clean the pool water. Each pool (lap, leisure and hot tub) will have their own sets and will be cleaned and backwashed on a regular basis.
The basement is starting to fill with its own share of mechanical as the first of many pumps and motors go in for the circulation and filtration of water either for the pools or the water features. This space will soon fill with a maze of water piping, electrical conduits and distribution lines.
This view is looking into the former Lister room from the main lobby which will eventually have windows between the columns. The wall supporting the floor has been strengthened using large steel I-beams and the lower wall will be filled in with steel studs and drywall. The reception area is just to the right of the skid steer loader. You can see the lobby lights in the upper right which are covered to prevent dust accumulation.
Carefully cut the red wire - wait! Or was it the blue wire? Organization and labeling is the electricians friend as they pull thousands of metres of wiring throughout the building to service not only lights and plugs but all the equipment and motors that form the infrastructure of the project.
This project is funded by The Canada-British Columbia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, the residents of the Creston Valley, and donations.