Fountain Park Recreation Centre Major Lifecycle Work

The Project

Fountain Park Recreation Centre (FPRC) is undergoing major lifecycle upgrades, including an extended shutdown of the entire facility, from May 2022 to summer 2023. 
The facility, which was built in 1978 and will be 44 years old in 2022, requires major necessary lifecycle repairs and replacement work to address building operating systems which have reached the end of their lifespan. 

The City recognizes another temporary closure of a recreation facility is disheartening to residents and patrons and appreciates their ongoing patience as we undertake vital lifecycle work to preserve this beloved facility. 

Background

Lifecycle work was initially intended to take place in two phases with phase one in 2022 and phase two in 2024. This was done to minimize impacts to users as much as possible. Phase two was planned as a seven-to-eight-month closure in 2024 to complete the remaining lifecycle work.

An extended closure of Fountain Park Recreation Centre was recently announced in late summer 2022, as a significant structural issue was identified on the underside of the concrete slab which serves as the main support slab between the leisure and competition pools. Concrete cracking, deterioration and rebar corrosion were identified beneath the pool deck by engineers, and this must be addressed immediately for the facility to safely operate.

Following the completion of the concrete slab replacement, additional lifecycle work initially planned for a second facility closure in 2024 will commence immediately and is anticipated to be complete by summer 2023. This work will focus on aesthetic improvements including tile replacement, interior painting, building envelope improvements and accessibility upgrades.

Combining the concrete slab repair and the 2024 lifecycle work will result in cost savings of approximately half a million dollars and nine weeks less of overall impact to the facility than if it were broken into two separate closures. 

This will also help mitigate risks associated with procurement in the global supply chain, higher cost certainty against future year’s price escalation and limit the impacts of any future closures on employees and our community.

Work that is Required:

Work that will be completed includes: 

  • Replacing the facility’s primary Air Handling System, which has a lifespan of 40 years. 
  • Updating equipment and infrastructure, including new energy-efficient systems that will provide energy savings, reduce future operating costs and extend the life of the facility. This includes heat recovery, water savings, heat savings and exterior window glazing.
  • Painting the pool area ceiling, repairing the interior structure, upgrading the building envelope and upgrading the fire alarm and security systems.
  • Tile replacement
  • Accessibility upgrades to include the following:
    • Improvements to the existing ramps at the front entrance and in the leisure pool
    • Updated LED lighting throughout the entire facility to better support those with visual impairments
    • Upgrades to the change rooms including new accessible bathroom stalls as well as new toilets, sinks and showers placed at an accommodating elevation. 
    • Barrier-free paths of travel will also be constructed throughout the entire main floor of the facility to ensure ease of movement for all.

An engineering assessment on FPRC occurred in 2019, evaluating the facility’s structural integrity and mechanical, electrical, and cosmetic components. The report concluded that the structural integrity of the building was sound, and identified the initial mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems that required replacement. 

The investment into the refurbishment will inject renewed life into the facility and extend its lifespan for another 20 years; at a cost that is a fraction compared to a decommission and new facility build.  

Once this refurbishment is complete, we look forward to welcoming the community back to a revitalized facility, both aesthetically and operationally. 

Project Timeline

May 2022 to summer 2023

Conceptional Renderings 

Pool rendering

Entrance rendering

Change room rendering

Pool rendering

Note: renderings shown above are not considered final designs at this time and may change.

Construction Fly Thru - Construction Progess - November 2022

This video captures the project work completed to the end of November 2022 at Fountain Park Recreation Centre. Work has been focused on the new LED lighting installation, painting of the interior ceiling, existing tile demolition, structural slab repair and replacement, replacement of the HVAC system, mechanical and electrical operating systems upgrades and the demolition of the existing change rooms.

Video length - 02:41


Pre-Construction Video

Project FAQ

How does this impact users?

Fountain Park Recreation Centre will be unavailable until summer 2023.

In order to provide additional opportunities for the community, the following facility or program updates have been made:

  • Additional swimming lessons at Landrex Water Play Centre on Saturdays and Sundays. 
  • Early morning lane swims at Landrex Water Play Centre will continue from 6 to 7 a.m.

What happens to monthly and annual memberships?

Fountain Park Recreation Centre monthly memberships have expired, and the annuals will continue to be on hold. No Fountain Park memberships will be sold until the facility reopens. 

If you have additional questions on your membership, please contact Guest Services at 780- 459-1553.

Why didn't this happen during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown?

It was not possible to undertake this work during the recent unscheduled mandatory closures.

The preparation for major infrastructure work takes years to plan, including an approved budget and up to eight months for equipment and materials to arrive. The planning for this project started two years ago and the annual budget approval for this project came in late 2021.  

An engineering assessment on FPRC occurred in 2019, evaluating the facility’s structural integrity, mechanical, electrical, and cosmetic components. The report concluded that the structural integrity of the building was sound, and identified the mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems that required replacement. 

During this construction, a significant structural issue was identified on the underside of the concrete slab which serves as the main support slab between the leisure and competition pools. Concrete cracking, deterioration and rebar corrosion were identified beneath the pool deck by engineers, and this must be addressed immediately for the facility to safely operate.

Following the completion of the concrete slab replacement, additional lifecycle work initially planned for a second facility closure in 2024 will commence immediately and is anticipated to be complete by summer 2023. 

Combining the concrete slab repair and the 2024 lifecycle work will result in cost savings of approximately half a million dollars and nine weeks less of overall impact to the facility than if it were broken into two separate closures. 

This will also help mitigate risks associated with procurement in the global supply chain, higher cost certainty against future year’s price escalation and limit the impacts of any future closures on employees and our community.

We understand this closure is disheartening and appreciate patrons’ patience as we manage facility closures. This work will ensure that we can all enjoy Fountain Park Recreation Centre for years to come as this is essential lifecycle work.

What are the impacts if this work isn’t done?

The work is imperative to ongoing facility operations as the primary Air Handling System has a lifespan of 40 years and is due for replacement. 

How much will this cost? How is it funded or budgeted for?

The cost of the lifecycle repairs is approximately $6,000,000 with funding from the Public Works Charter PW_031, which is funded from Lifecycle reserves. Possible federal grant programs could help offset costs but that has yet to be confirmed. 

Budget planning related to Phase Two is still underway and more details will be provided at a future date.

Was there any indication there were safety concerns with the concrete before the closure?

There were no signs of safety concerns beforehand. They were exposed during the planned remediation work as the compromised area was not accessible during initial assessments and was only fully visible and able to be explored more thoroughly once the HVAC unit was removed.

The City is committed to the safety of our employees and facility patrons and always do regular inspections, however, this type of issue can only be discovered by the type of work we’re doing now as we look deeper into the systems and the structural components.

Will the extended closure increase the cost of the project?

Repairs at Fountain Park Recreation Center, including the concrete slab, will involve an incremental cost increase but any additional funds required will be reallocated from within the existing funding in the previously approved RMR Funding and Lifecycle Replacement Capital Charter. 

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Last edited: February 2, 2023