Elgin council set to approve two big pool renovation bills
By Mike Danahey firstname.lastname@example.org @DanaheyECN February 10, 2014 4:08PM
Wing Park Pool on Elgin's west side. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Updated: March 12, 2014 6:12AM
ELGIN — The city’s west-side Wing Park Pool might open again sometime this summer, if the weather allows needed fixes to be made.
The city council is scheduled Wednesday night to vote on awarding a $864,605 contract to construction company F.H. Paschen of Chicago for repairs and renovations to the pool, which was shut down last summer due to pump problems.
The council also is expected to vote on awarding a $572,640 contract with Trane Commercial Systems of Willowbrook to replace the ventilation system for the indoor aquatics center at The Centre recreation facility downtown.
In 2013, major pump issues led to a July 28 closing of Wing Park Pool. Staff recommended during the fall budget process that the pool — which had been remodeled 13 years ago — remain closed in 2014 due to the extent of repair work needed, with residents still having the indoor pool at The Centre and Lords Park Pool on the city’s east side to use.
However, by consensus, the council decided to have staff look at ways to expedite this work so the facility could open for at least part of the summer.
According to supporting material for the council meeting, the largest part of the project would be refinishing the pool vessel, with work including sandblasting to remove the old paint and caulk, with defects in concrete to be patched, two coats of epoxy pool paint to be applied, and all joints in the pool and on the deck to be recaulked.
A catch to the project is that while “much of the preparation, including the sandblasting, can begin in early spring, a window of relatively warm and dry weather will be required in order to apply the new epoxy paint to the pool vessel. When conditions become acceptable to allow for this to happen will determine how early the pool will be ready to open,” the material states.
Another big problem to be addressed is the regular failure of the pool’s four transfer pumps.
“Representatives from the pump manufacturer believe that they can provide a different style of pump that was not available at the time the pool was originally built that would be better suited for this pool application,” the material states.
Other items to be included in the project are a new epoxy flooring in the bath house; a replacement diving board; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant lift installation and concrete repairs; slide resurfacing; a replacement pool heater; replacement pool filter media (sand); railing repairs and painting; and replacement valves.
Mayor Dave Kaptain said Monday that with so much to do and the project being so weather-dependent, the city should be cautious about any plans to open the pool in 2014.
“We want to make sure it’s done right,” Kaptain said.
According to the supporting material for Wednesday’s meeting, “The Centre’s pool area has become increasingly difficult to maintain in a proper operating condition during the past two years. The refrigeration component of the current unit has failed, which limits staff’s ability to control moisture in the pool area and also to provide cooling during the summer months.”
It also notes, “A recent failure of the unit’s fan greatly impacted the ability to provide suitable ventilation to the pool area and negatively affected the air quality in that space. The unit’s continually failing condition makes it economically impracticable to repair, leaving replacement as the best option.”
Currently, staff is only making emergency repairs as the condition of the outside air allows for the reasonable control of conditions in the pool area — at least until April.
After that, “temperatures and humidity within the pool area will become very difficult to maintain. Staff is currently estimating that this project will be completed in late May,” the material states.
The Centre opened in December 2002.
Three indoor pools in its aquatic center include an eight-lane, 25-yard lap competition swimming pool, a zero-depth-entry leisure swimming pool with slide and attractions, and a warm-water therapy pool.