Struggling HVAC system means $ 3.5 million in maintenance could reach $ 9 million, with work not due to start until at least 2020
The cost of repairing the Canada Games pool will almost triple from original estimates as the city seeks to replace the building’s aging systems – and the facility could shut down for up to a year after work begins.
The city was planning a $ 3.5 million project to replace the roof and walls of the pool building (which is separate from the new sports complex at the Tournament Capital Center), but as the facility reached 25 years old, the heating, ventilation and air – air conditioning, electrical and lighting systems also need to be replaced.
The total maintenance bill is estimated at $ 9 million.
“We all knew this was coming,” said city director of capital projects Darren Crundwell. “It’s not a shock.”
Crundwell said the roof and wall replacement had been in the pipeline for several years. The city has conducted several studies on the building, he said, adding that performing all required maintenance at the same time would reduce the impact on users of the facility.
The work could close the pool for six months to a year, although the gymnasium and sports complex at the Tournament Capital Center would remain open.
“We want to do it all at the same time,” Crundwell said. “That’s what you should do.”
A plan will be presented to city council in January and repairs are unlikely to begin until 2020. While those repairs are necessary for maintenance, Crundwell said council will hear other options for the building as well.
Those options remain unclear, but could include plans to make better use of the space, Crundwell said, noting that the pool was originally designed for 600 daily users. As of 2018, the pool has around 2,000 daily users as the city and university continue to grow.
“We don’t plan to add water to this location,” Crundwell said, noting there was not enough room. “I can fix this. “
Crundwell understands the shock of the stickers at a time when residents have also heard that property taxes could rise 3.4% next year. He said the building was well maintained, but stressed that it was completely original and it was time to replace it.
“You are looking at your house after 30 years, which is what you would need to do,” he said.