This birdís eye view shows the great resource the residents of the Creston Valley have and will have available - nearly 20 acres of land and premier facilities dedicated to health, wellness and community activities located centrally within the surrounding Regional District areas and Town of Creston complete with awe inspiring backdrops.
Now you see it, now you donít as the main pipes from the hot tub are installed next to the lap pool, encased in concrete, then backfilled and compacted in preparation for the leisure pool. All below grade piping, whether it is for the pools or the hot tub, is all completely entombed in concrete for both mechanical protection and to contain leakage in the remote possibility something were to happen as access would be extremely difficult.
Tony from Acapulco Pools begins the layout for the leisure pool with a series of stakes and string lines. The leisure pool will rank as the most complicated both from a mechanical and piping perspective as well as from concrete forming challenges. Inside the hot tub, you can see where the jets enter under the seat however the outside shows the network of piping required to actually make the water go where it is supposed to. There is even more plumbing already contained within the concrete wall. These pipes will also be surrounded with concrete.
Other plumbing onsite other than the pool, is handled by Venture Mechanical - here a couple workers are hooking up roof drains along with plumbing vent pipes and drainpipes. The challenge is to keep piping as high as possible to be hidden within ceiling spaces or walls and still maintain proper slopes for drainage. This photo shows a main gathering point for some of the roof drains.
The perspective from the viewing area at the south end of the leisure pool shows the lobby before the glazing goes in, then a pool equipment storage room doorway, the large opening where the pool control room will angle out on to the deck and further down, the changeroom entrances to the deck.
Work has started on what will be one of few in this area - the elevator. Mysterious yet powerful, it will be used for seniors and disabled people to get to and from venues on the second floor - not for joyrides and people actually going to do workouts. The stairs have been designed to provide a gentle yet beneficial workout regimen.
Gone but not forgotten, the NW Construction crew of Charlie, Doug and Doug have wrapped up their portion of the project which was forming and pouring the bulk of all the concrete on site. The Kelowna group, along with others, have called Creston home since approximately Aug 2008.In the blue hard hat, Site Super Bruce Healey checks out some of the intricate formwork in the east stairwell.
Steel is taking shape as the lobby structure rises in front. A couple of glulam beams are in place with the wooden purlins to follow - similar to the pool roof structure. Windows will surround the opening on the second floor, allowing users to look down into the lobby and providing some daylighting to the space. Below, a steelworker tightens some bolts in the structure.
A few of many electrical panels in the construction process start to take shape as the crew from Mayday Electric start to pull wires from various parts of the building. The panel below†is a transfer switch which allows the emergency generator to power certain critical panels but remain isolated from the main grid. Below, Ralph Casemore works on one of the final walls in the mechanical portion of the building.
††This project is funded by The Canada-British Columbia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, the residents of the Creston Valley, and donations.