Pool upgrade continues
Slight delay has Town of Carbonear eyeing April 11 for reopening
Work is well underway to install the new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at the Carbonear Swimming Pool, and if all goes according to plan, the town expects the facility to reopen April 11.
“That’s our target-date,” said public works director Brian O’Grady.
The end result will see the facility’s heating system switch from using an oil-fired boiler to electricity. It will also incorporate a new pool dehumidification system and heat recovery technology.
It is expected the $900,000 project will significantly reduce heating costs, which will eventually offset the town’s budgeted $300,000 share of the project. O’Grady said the project is on budget. There have been some minor change-orders, with unexpected reductions in costs for some components, which have offset increases to other aspects of the project.
The pool has been closed since Jan. 17. The original target date for reopening was the end of March.
Removal of the old boiler system and all associated air ducts has been completed. Because the project requires the mounting of units onto the roof, new steel beams have been installed. All duct work has been completed, excluding those parts that immediately connect to the air conditioning and heating units.
Electrical switchgears are also in place, and the transformer pad has been mounted outside the facility. “Basically, it’s coming along quite well,” said O’Grady. The town is also overseeing some cosmetic changes at the pool. That includes an overhaul of the front lobby, with the office area set to lose its walls. It will be replaced with a reception desk situated in the corner of the lobby. Many of the walls, including those on the pool deck, are being repainted.
The pool’s reopening will be warmly received by it users, many of whom have made alternate arrangements in order to get exercise and training. The Poseidon Swim Club has been practicing at pools in St. John’s and Mount Pearl. Pre-competitive swimmers have been unable to practice.
“Poseidon is anxiously awaiting the re-opening of the Carbonear Pool so that our swimmers no longer have to travel for practices,” said coach Junior Somers, whose team has several swim meets remaining this season. He said the upgrades should create a more comfortable environment for swimmers and spectators.
Tri-Con Special Olympics was also initially scheduled to host a swim meet in Carbonear at the beginning of April. Aquatics coach Elizabeth Evely said if the pool opens April 11, her group will likely host the meet in the middle of May.
“ They can’t wait to get back in the water,” she said.