The construction site of Prince George’s new downtown pool has been a hive of activity since work began this past summer. As of this week, one of the most important phases of the development of the new civic facility has been completed, just as a new phase is beginning.
This past week, crews with Chandos Construction finished the facility’s concrete building foundation right on schedule. So far, this operation has seen about 1,100 cubic metres of concrete poured at the site.
Over the next few weeks, local construction watchers will see the largest and tallest section of the facility begin to rise into the air as it is installed near the corner of 7th Avenue and Dominion Street downtown as the next phase of construction begins.
Passers by will see large steel columns, some as long as 15 metres, going up in the months to come. This phase of the operation will also include construction of the pool’s mechanical rooms, change rooms, and the pool lobby.
The city anticipates that this next phase of the project will continue into the spring of 2021. Following this stage, construction of the building envelope will begin.
The total project cost is budgeted to be $42 million: $35 million for the pool design and construction, as well as $7 million for the acquisition of the new site and demolition operations. City residents, in a referendum, approved borrowing up to $35 million for the project by 62.48 per cent (4,923 yes to 2,926 no) in 2017.
In July, Ottawa and Victoria kicked in $10 million towards the cost of the pool. Council has not yet decided whether to apply that money towards the current budget and reduce the amount of borrowing or add to the $42 million cost.
Traffic disruptions near Seventh and Dominion
Due to the continuing construction activity near Seventh Avenue and Dominion Street, the traffic signals at the intersection will remain set to flashing red lights for at least another month and the intersection will continue functioning as a four-way stop.
Traffic around this intersection is expected to experience varying levels of disruption for at least a month to accommodate the construction on this important project.
At various times, sections of Dominion Street between Seventh Avenue and Sixth Avenue, and parts of Seventh Avenue between Dominion and Quebec Street will need to be closed and reduced to two-lane traffic in both directions.
The City of Prince George has produced a time-lapse video to provide residents with a sense of all the work that crews have already put into the City’s new aquatics facility to date.