The pool at Bill Heddles Recreation Center is slated to be closed for about a month beginning April 2. The primary purpose is to replace the dehumidifcation unit, but while the pool is closed the surfaces of the main and tot swimming pools will also be replastered.
"The dehumidifcation system is 20 years old and has been limping along for 10," said Renee Ealey, assistant director of the rec center.
The HVAC unit will be moved into a "bump out" to be built adjacent to the pool area. "We will have to break out walls, and add some concrete out back," Ealey said.
Replacement of overhead ductwork will also take place.The pool has to be drained to bring in lifts to reach those ducts.
While the pool is closed, the wood in the sauna will be replaced, repairs will be made to the pump, and the pool deck will be recaulked.
"Ideally we won't be closed the entire month," Ealey said. The goal is to be open in early May for the rush of end-of-year school programs and the beginning of summer usage.
The rec center dehumification system, called a pool pak, went to bid in October 2011. Four bids were received, with the winning bid of $441,800 submitted by Cooling's Heating & Air Conditioning of Montrose. The other three bids topped $500,000.
Resurfacing will be done by High Country Pools & Spas of Fort Collins. Just two qualified bids were received for this project, which includes the addition of drain covers, a safety feature now required by federal law. High Country's bid totaled $153,130.
The main and tot swimming pools were last resurfaced in early 2000. According to rec center director Wilma Erven, years of chemicals have simply "eaten" the plaster down to concrete in several large areas.blog comments powered by Disqus