A bit of overcast hovers above the project as the second floor suspended slab awaits pouring. Because of weather, the slab pour was delayed until July 14th. It will be the largest pour of the project at 270 cubic meters or about 35 cement trucks over a 10 to 12 hour period so no chances will be taken due to inclement weather. Construction will continue across the front of the building beginning the next few weeks.
The Glulams or laminated wood beams that will support the roof above the pool and the main lobby have arrived and await installation. They will be moved into the parking lot to have all the appropriate brackets installed before they are craned into appropriate location. The glulams beams are approximately 50 feet long by 4-1/2 feet tall and 12 inches thick.
The walls of the deep end of the lap pool have been poured - they are about 16 inches thick with significant amounts of steel contained within. The close up shot of the bulkhead end where the next section of pool wall will be joined clearly shows the black waterstop - a ribbed rubber sheet that gets embedded into each side of the concrete providing a water tight joint.
The week of July 13th will have the entrance located to the east of the original - the old boys change room wall has been removed to provide access into the building via the arena lobby. Currently a hole is being punched through the office wall into the new hallway to provide a new admissions and registration counter.
The panoramic view is from the vantage point of what will be the fitness change room immediately to the north of the elevator and stairs. The plywood on the right side is the curling lounge windows and in the background the pumper truck is placing concrete in the lap pool walls.
Below, Maintenance Foreman Stu Durning is standing in what will be the future second floor mechanical room, just north of the fitness track. It will house air handling equipment and the wooden blocked out area to the left is the stairway emergency exit from the fitness area.
The top floor view looking south shows just a small amount of the hundreds of meters of conduit required for the fitness floor area as well as all the connections for lighting and mechanical. The floor slab also contains “cans” or sleeves (the red items in the floor form) which will provide a hole for future plumbing or other mechanical between floors. These have to be spaced in a manner acceptable to the Structural Engineer so that slab strength is not compromised. Also installed are the bolts for the future steel columns.
Formwork is going up for the walls of the hot tub now that the floor and related plumbing within has been poured. There will be significant piping contained within the walls also prior to being surrounded by concrete.
Reminiscent of a scene from The Cask of Amontillado, Ralph Casemore and his son Tyler brick up the windows to the office as there will be another wall poured immediately beside the existing wall making the view out of the windows somewhat monotonous. Caseline Holdings will also be doing all the blockwork in the new construction once the suspended slab has set up.
This project is funded by The Canada-British Columbia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, the residents of the Creston Valley, and donations.