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Canada Games Aquatic Centre Will Be Closed December 13–26

The City of Kamloops would like to inform residents that the Canada Games Aquatic Centre will be closed to the public December 13–26, 2019, to host the annual MJB Law Classic Swim Meet, which will be immediately followed by a maintenance shutdown.

The pool will host over 500 competitive swimmers for the annual MJB Law Classic Swim Meet, December 13–15. Afterward, the pools and hot tubs will be drained to accommodate a bonding test that is needed as part of the developing plan for the infrastructure improvement project slated for fall 2020. The pool will reopen on Friday, December 27.

To minimize impact on pool users, the City will extend Westsyde Pool’s hours during the closure, including extended public swim times and additional Aquafit classes. Schedule details will be available at Kamloops.ca/Swim by the end of November.

“We know that any closure is impactful to users, and we do our best to lessen the impact whenever possible,” said Andrew Smeaton, the City’s Aquatics Supervisor. “We’re fortunate to have another fantastic facility to accommodate not only the general public, but also our competitive swim organizations who use the pool for training.”

TCC memberships that include pool access will be extended to account for the closure. Pass holders can speak to a Customer Relations Representative at TCC or Westsyde Pool to have their passes updated. The closure will also impact one week of swimming lessons that were scheduled for TCC. The credit for this cancellation will be applied automatically to customers’ PerfectMind account.

Starting in fall 2020, the Canada Games Aquatic Centre is scheduled to undergo extensive infrastructure improvements to update or replace several building components that are near or past their expected design life. In addition to extending the life of the building, these updates will improve the energy efficiency of the building, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and make the building more sustainable.

“This short closure is necessary to help us develop the construction plan for the planned updates of the pool building,” said Darren Crundwell, the City’s Capital Projects Manager. “It’s all part of the new approach we’re using to deliver this project that will give us more certainty in costs and construction schedules.”

The Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model is a leading-edge approach to delivering capital projects. The IPD model brings all project partners together early in the project design process to develop the project plan collaboratively. This method has proven successful in optimizing project results, increasing value to the owner, reducing waste, and maximizing efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction.

“Through traditional models like we’ve used in the past, many unknowns of a project—such as the results of this bonding test—wouldn’t be discovered until construction was underway,” said Crundwell. “Using the IPD model, we will have a very clear picture of the entire project before we even start construction, and we will be able to plan closures with much more certainty.”

The first draft of the proposed project plan is expected to be ready in early 2020, with construction anticipated to begin in the fall. To learn more about the planned and proposed updates to the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, as well as the rest of TCC, visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/TCC.


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