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Aquatic Renovation and Expansion Project Updates

Project Update - November 28, 2019

    Competition Pool - tiled and grouted          dive blocks

     All 8 lanes, 25 meters tiled and being grouted                                                    Competition dive blocks are installed  


    new waterslide


    Check out the new water slide!



 Project Update - November 1, 2019

   Building the forms for the leisure pool             Forming the lazy river

 Building the forms for the new leisure pool                                                 Forming the lazy river

  New hot tub forms               New roof is complete

  Forming the new hot tub                                                                           New roof is complete over the existing pool

   On top of the newly completed roof                                Installing roof top units

     On top of the new roof at the aquatic centre                                                             Installing roof top units

    Tile in the new competition pool                                 Tile in the competition pool - another look

       Tile is being laid in the new 8-lane 25m competition pool


    Stairs are installed for the waterslide    

   Stairs are installed for the waterslide                             

 Project Update - September 4, 2019

 grading the leisure pool               leisure pool construction        

Working on grading for the new leisure pool                                                  Grading for the new leisure pool


Repairing the existing flat roof               New roof over the existing pool area

Repairing the existing flat roof                                                                    New roof over the existing pool area

Installing the duct work in the pool                West side of the new aquatic centre

Installing the duct work in the new pool                                                     West side of the new aquatic centre


Project Update - August 7, 2019 
Exterior NW corner of new pool Interior NW corner of new pool - home of future waterslide

NW corner of Aquatic Centre expansion

NW corner of the Aquatic Centre expansion from the inside, future home of the new waterslide

West Exterior wall of new pool Repairs continue on the peaked roof of existing pool

Exterior West wall of the Aquatic Centre expansion

Repairs are continuing on the existing Aquatic Centre roof

renovations in existing Aquatic Centre - demolition Demolition in existing Aquatic Centre

The old pool in the existing Aquatic Centre is being demolished to accommodate the new leisure pool.  The new design for this part of the facility will feature a lazy river, a beach area with a play structure for the kids as well as a teach area for lessons and other programs.

 Project Update - June 13, 2019

The construction site is busy over at the Aquatic Centre with workers in all the different corner of the project.  Here are some of the highlights.


Schedule – The schedule is on time according to the updated schedule with an end date of August 2020. Clark Builders is working diligently on overlapping trades and they advised us that the updated schedule is very realistic based on sub trade availability and supply availability but they still are working to see if they can gain some time.

Existing facility roof – a large portion of the natatorium roof (pyramid over the pool area) has been opened up. All required beams have been replaced and to date approximately ½ of the wood decking on the roof has been replaced. This has allowed for the temporary center shoring beam and all other shoring to be removed. The Clearstory areas have been opened up and some required replacement structural studs and framing but less than originally anticipated.

 existing pool interior no roof    new roof inside existing pool


The old pool deck and tank is presently being demolished.

existing pool demo       rubble from pool demo in the existing pool


The new pool deck concrete is complete. Temporary decking has been put over the new competition pool to do overhead work. Masonry, insulation and windows are complete on the new addition and metal siding is next to be added.

work on the new competition pool


Change rooms, front lobby, staff change rooms, family room and common areas are all being worked on.

lobby of pool    lobby reno


The modified budget is still on track with some scope being over the estimate and some of it being under. 


 Project Update - May 24, 2019

 Repairs continue on the Aquatic Centre.  New beams are being installed to replace the rotten portion of the roof that was removed. 


crane lifting beam in place                  picture of open roof at the Aquatic Centre


Once the beams are in place, all the layers of the existing roof will be stripped back and new roofing installed.


veiw of existing roof on Aquatic Centre                  exisiting roof and new expansion roof   


 Project Update - May 1, 2019

 Things are progressing on site at the Aquatic Centre.

Front view of existing Aquatic Centre   Removing a portion of the existing roof at the Aquatic Centre


View from inside the Aquatic Centre with roof removed   Inside the expansion


North side of expansion  windows are in on the west side of the expansion

Project Update - March 19, 2019

As Clark Builders began interior renovations, they discovered a significant amount of decay in the wooden roof structure of the existing pool, particularly in areas that were previously hidden within walls. As the work continued over the last five months, the consultants and engineers were able to quantify their findings and develop a proposal to tackle the repairs. The full report to council can be viewed here.

This revised plan will extend the project by approximately eight months, putting the completion date to around August 2020, and will cost an additional $6.3 million, bringing the total project cost to $24 million. Additional funding has been secured without requiring an increase to taxes; however, we will need to reduce or delay some planned capital projects in the future.

Although this has been a disappointing outcome for everyone involved, the result will be a better product for the long-term sustainability of the facility. As well, the architects and consultants have assured us that this route will still be cheaper than it would have been had we decide to demolish / rebuild and that we will end up with a “like-new” building.

As always, we will continue to provide updates as soon as we have them.

 Project Update - December 12, 2018

Pictures showing the renovation process up to December 12, 2018

West side of existing pool - new competition pool

steel going up

competition pool

cement is poured

interior of existing pool - front lobby

slide comes down

deep tank partially filled

Project Update - November 15, 2018

During the early planning stages of the Pool Expansion and Renovation project, the Architect / Engineers responsible for the design performed a visual inspection of the building and determined that it was in reasonably good condition besides needing some minor roof repairs. A hazardous material assessment was also performed and indicated that there was some lead paint and asbestos in certain areas but the removal of this was budgeted.

However during the interior demolition phase, Clark Builders discovered that some of the previously hidden structural steel brackets and wooden roof beams had deteriorated. They also discovered additional areas where hazardous materials would need to be addressed. These findings have resulted in the need for further inspection, testing, and repair work.

At this point, the schedule and cost impacts are unknown until further inspection. Council called a Special Meeting on November 14, 2018 to approve an additional $500,000 of contingency funds to ensure there is enough approved budget to take care of the testing and temporary structural support. Fortunately, initial test results show the main concerns are two specific metal support brackets and one wooden beam. Approximately 2/3 of the beams and supports have already been tested.

Presently all exterior work is on schedule and steel structure installation has begun. However, the exterior work timeline will be dependent on the findings of the interior studies.

Project Update - September 24, 2018
The final design includes:
  • An addition to the existing building which will have an 8 lane 25m competition pool (lane pool) that will be deep enough for swimmers to dive in from the pool deck in the shallow end and from dive blocks in the deep end (10ft)
  • A brand new water slide that ends in a runway trough, rather than into the pool which is much safer for slide users and for swimmers
  • An in-ground 20 person hot tub
  • Two meeting/party rooms that have access right from the pool deck and to outside
  • A brand new outdoor water splash park to the immediate south side of the new addition.
  • A brand new leisure pool tank with lazy river and very shallow tots play area with play and spray feature along with a mid-size teach pool that will be about .7 to .9 m deep.
  • Fully updated change rooms with new tile, paint, fixtures, seating and showers
  • A fully family change room converted from the old meeting space and small family change room 
  • A large welcoming front desk, new tile and paint  in the front lobby
  • Larger staff change rooms


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Project Update - September 5, 2018

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Project Update - August 14, 2018
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Project Update - July 31, 2018
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Project Update - June 8, 2018
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Project Update - May 23, 2018: Aquatic Centre Renovation has been Approved!
We are excited to announce that the 2018 / 2019 Camrose Aquatic Centre Revitalization Plan has been approved!
With a total budget of $17,233,000, the plan includes the following:
  • An addition to the existing aquatic centre to the west.
  • An eight lane 25 m training / fitness pool with a depth of 1.2 m at the shallow end and 3 m at the deep end. This will include competitive diving blocks with sliding rails, a recreational diving board, integrated steps for easy access, and anchors for future play features. This pool will be kept slightly cooler, at around 28 to 28.5 degrees Celsius, compared to the existing pool, which is kept between 29 to 29.5 degrees Celsius.
  • A shallow pool at approximately 1 m deep that will be kept around 31 to 32 degrees Celsius and with easy access entry for water therapy and education.
  • A lazy river also kept at approximately 31 to 32 degrees Celsius.
  • A tots shallow play area with play and splash features that will also be kept at 31 to 32 degrees Celsius.
  • A new water slide that exits into a trough for fun and safe use.
  • An accessible in ground hot tub.
  • Upgrades to the existing change room facilities, including a major expansion to the Family change room. This will provide additional changing space during peak hours as well.
  • Renovations to the front lobby area to provide easier access to the front counter.
  • New heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems.
  • New pool filtration and water treatment systems for all the pools.
  • A steam room.
  • Upgraded fire and security alarm systems.
  • General cosmetic upgrades to the existing lobby and hall areas.
  • A new splash park on the South side of the new addition.
Construction will begin (as soon as permits are approved) with exterior work on the west side of the building during the summer of 2018 while the existing pool remains open to the public. Then in early fall of 2018 the entire facility will be closed for approximately 14 months while the remaining construction takes place. With this approval, we will be exploring fundraising and grant options to help offset the costs if feasible.
We would like to sincerely thank all the supporters who contributed to the design, from the seniors drop in groups, the swim club, syncro club, triathlon club, Special Olympics, lifesaving group, and all of the public.
Project Update - March 26, 2018

Clark Builders and BR2 Architecture provided Administration with some proposed phasing options which included cost options for the Aquatic Centre Project which were then taken to Council on February 20, 2018.

No concepts or decisions on budget have been made, but currently the options are:

Option 1

  • A full-phased with a minimal shut down
  • Total time of 26 months
  • Approximate cost of $18.1M
Option 2
    A full shut down
  • Total time of 15 months
  • Approximate cost of $16.6M
Option 3
  • A partial shut down
  • Total time of 18 months with a 12 month closure
  • Approximate cost of $16.9M
Project Update - January 19, 2018

BR2 Architecture (the designers) and the construction firm Clark Builders are finishing up the final touches on the design based on all of the feedback received from many sources.

Once that is complete, the next step will be to go to Council for approval before we move forward.

Stay tuned!

Project Update - December 6, 2017
The Request for Proposal for the Construction Management of the Pool Expansion Project closed November 24. Ten submissions received which are presently being reviewed.
Wawanesa makes donation to the Aquatic Centre Renovation & Expansion Project

Wawanesa generously donated $30,000 towards our Aquatic Centre Renovation and Expansion Project.

Wawanesa Cheque Presentation to Aquatic Centre

Pictured from left to right are: Darren Daniels from Central Agencies, Cynthia Hunter from Wawanesa, Aquatic Supervisor Marcia Peek, Recreation Facilities Director Dawn Phillips, and Mayor Norm Mayer.

Project Update - September 19, 2017

Last week City staff met with the project architects (BR2) to review the latest concept. These were the highlights:

  • The importance of keeping pool services open as long as possible - the idea is to keep the pool open while the expansion is being built and when that is finished, close off the old pool to complete more construction, and then when everything is finished, open the newly renovated building completely (if possible)
  • The spray park has been closed until 2019 when the structure is rebuilt (in a different location and using some of the refurbished original structures)
  • Discussions regarding the maintenance and upkeep for a sauna versus a steam room
  • The need to resurface the whole roof
  • Discussions around which water filters to use
  • Discussions around the possibility of Camrose County contributing some funding
  • Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in April 2018
  • We will have a design to share with the public before the end of this year

Our next step is to get detailed pricing on the most recent concept from BR2 (which should be within the next few weeks) and then we will go from there.

Pool Reno Survey Results are in!
The City developed an online survey that was shared with citizens between April 12, 2017 and July 17, 2017 to allow them to provide their feedback about the pool renovations. View the pool survey results.
Project Update - August 10, 2017

City staff met with the architects for renovation design (a company called BR2) to discuss the latest rendering. It was decided that the next step will be to do a mechanical audit to figure out what machinery can be used in the renovated building.

The updated design will also be taken to user groups (the swim clubs), lifeguards and operations staff, maintenance staff, and Council to get their feedback on the practicality of the design.

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