For the construction, three of the four pools were closed -- the diving pool, the 25-meter pool, and the training pool, which has a slide. Programs are continuing in the 50-meter pool, which is accommodating lap swims, water aerobics, swim lessons, swim teams and competitions.
The diving pool has been closed for good, and the 25-meter pool is being reconstructed into an L-shape to accommodate the deep diving feature.
"We're filling it in," Gotcher said. "Because of the way it was set up, if a person jumps off the diving board, no one else could be in the pool."
The slide was temporarily removed from the training pool while work is being done.
"The slide is staying," Gotcher said. "We are redoing the top surface (of the pool), the gutter surface, to bring it up to current standards for safety so you have a better way of gripping the railing. We're making minor modifications; it will be replastered."
The winning bid for the project was $2.9 million, Gotcher said, and change orders may increase that figure 10%. The aquatic center was built in the 1960s and many of the pumps and heating equipment were beginning to fail.
"We did some renovations here and there over the years, but all the structures are original," Gotcher explained. "That's what created this project -- it's basically a maintenance feature."
The project includes replacing the pumps and heating, some concrete, pool decking, lighting and adding new stairs. Renovations will bring the facility up to current ADA standards, which have changed since the center was built.
The building on the west side of the facility, which houses the equipment, is also being extended.
"We started looking at the usability of what is here: How can we make this better? And more cost effective?" Gotcher said.
Combining the diving pool and the 25-meter pool will save major maintenance, he noted, as the aquatic center will have a total of three pools with heating units and pumps rather than four.
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