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Aquatic center work 'on track'

June 18th, 2012 10:25 pm by Matthew Lane

KINGSPORT — Work on Kingsport’s aquatic center has shown good progress over the past 30 days as crews focused on several short-term goals to help move the project along.


The Board of Mayor and Aldermen heard this report on Monday from the city’s main project manager on the aquatic center, Frank Brewer, who has been giving monthly reports on the $26 million project since March.


Kingsport’s aquatic center, located on a 15-acre site behind The Cattails driving range off Wilcox Drive, has been under construction since December. The 50,000-square-foot facility will include indoor and outdoor pools and water features and be co-located with the new YMCA Wellmont Center.


Over the past 30 days, between 55 to 60 workers have been on site installing the curbs and gutters, welding the upper section of the building, and finishing up the coating for the roof, Brewer said. Well over 100 workers will be on site as the project progresses, Brewer noted.


“The block work continues to progress, and the underground plumbing and electrical is continuing,” Brewer said. “They did very well last week. The focus was on some short-term goals to move the project along. They pressed it hard and did very well with it.”


The metal roof decking is scheduled to begin next week, while the landscape contractor is expected to begin installing the sleeves for the irrigation system in July. Steel for the new YMCA should be going up soon, Brewer said.


“We’re still planned to complete the project on schedule. Everything is on track for that,” Brewer said.


Kingsport is estimating the indoor facility being completed in the winter of 2013, with the outdoor facility being complete in the summer of 2013. For most of this year the project has been on schedule and on budget, but last month Brewer said the schedule had slipped by two weeks when the contractor believed it necessary to re-pour a footer.


Following his report, Brewer offered to take any member of the BMA to the aquatic center site for a tour. Mayor Dennis Phillips was receptive to the idea and suggested the entire board, along with the media, go to the site for a tour.


The Kingsport aquatic center is a $26 million project composed of two parts. Kingsport’s portion includes a 50,000-square-foot indoor facility (natatorium) with a 50-meter competition/lap pool and three spring boards, a zero-entry 25-yard warm water pool, and a leisure pool with slide. The outdoor elements will include two water slides, a climbing structure, beach volleyball court, and concession stand.


Adjacent to this facility will be the new YMCA Wellmont Center — a 35,000-square-foot wellness center with an indoor playground, gymnasium, locker rooms and ChildWatch area.


Over the past couple of months, Kingsport has added three features back into the aquatic center project — an enhanced gatehouse/bathhouse and a second water slide and most recently a $1.3 million lazy river feature.


The cost of the facility is estimated to be $22.5 million, with Kingsport’s portion being $16.9 million and the YMCA’s being $5.6 million. Including design and engineering costs and 50 acres of wetlands mitigation, the total cost of the project for Kingsport is approximately $19.3 million. For the YMCA, the total is approaching $7 million.


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