These photos show the progress of the “skinning” of the building as the 4 inch thick polyurethane foam filled panels with baked enamel steel sides are attached to the building . The steel structural members are first prepared with “blueskin” which provides a thin membrane barrier between the panels and the steel beams and the main panels are attached afterwards. This method of siding is a one stop shop which provides insulation, vapour barrier, inner finish and outer finish in one shot as well as being one of the faster methods of finishing.
The leisure pool, which is the most complex pool of the three for mechanical as well as forming challenges is almost at the point where the floor will be poured. Between rebar, piping and layers of concrete, you will end up standing on several feet of infrastructure when you come swimming. Once the floor is poured, the forming for the walls will follow shortly there after.
The lap pool receives a healthy steam cleaning to remove all traces of form oil and other debris.
Below, Pool Man Tony bends steel with his bare hands as he forms some rebar around the base of what will be the teacup feature in the leisure pool.
All roads lead to the basement or in this case, all pipes. Here, you can see the main supply and return lines for the leisure pool entering the basement mechanical room where pumps, motors and miles of piping will soon start taking shape. The start of some artistic copper work for water supply takes shape next to the drains.
One of the last walls is readied for pouring - this was the spot where all trucks, pumps and cranes entered the pool area to do the bulk of the construction. We also get a visit from the RDCK General Manager of Community Services, Joe Chirico as he checks out progress with Manager of Recreation, Randy Fediuk and Project Manager, Wendell Marshall.
The roof is now at a watertight stage as Heritage roofing finished up the area over the main foyer. This will be a relief to patrons and staff as enduring numerous drips, leaks and downpours should come to an end. How do we get on the roof? Through the roof hatch of course which provides a safe and easy access to check roof and equipment condition over the life of the building.
The second, and most likely last, power interruption took place Wednesday as Fortis cut the old power to the building and switched to the pad mounted transformer you see by the street. Tyler Mailhot and crew from Mayday Electric then re-fed the new service back into the spot where the old one used to enter with some pretty heavy conductors and had the building re-energized in record time. The skyline is already looking better.
Brandon from Mayday preps the panels that will service the fitness track area as Casecon lays the block work around them. This view is looking in through the fitness changeroom window as the shower stall block work goes up. The elevator nears completion as the door frame is propped into the opening in preparation for Ralph and the crew to lay masonry blocks around. This will most likely be the last time you see the full view of the elevator.
A welder ties in some of the steel beams by the elevator shaft which support a large air handling unit on the roof that will supply ventilation for the upper rooms.
For those technical people, more and more interesting looking equipment is arriving onsite as needed and placed in the appropriate spaces. Here we have plate and frame exchangers which will transfer heat from the main boiler to a separate system for various heating requirements such as hot water, heating/cooling or pool heating.
Heat is on its way for the workers as a large furnace is set up outside by the loading dock. It will heat glycol or antifreeze and circulate it through rubber hoses and a manifold system to various heaters around the building. This is a very efficient system that was also used when the curling rink was poured.
This project is funded by The Canada-British Columbia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, the residents of the Creston Valley, and donations.