EDMOND — Construction on the $22.5 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center is 25 percent complete.
The competitive swimming pool and recreation center being built in J.L. Mitch Park is a partnership between the city, Edmond Public Schools and the YMCA.
Completion is anticipated by the end of 2013, said Adam Bales, project manager for Atlas General Contractors of Oklahoma City.
Walls and the flooring for the eight-lane, 50-meter swimming pool are in place. The pool is 7 feet deep on the south end and 13.6 feet on the north end, deep enough for diving equipment. Plans at this time do not call for a diving platform, Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said.
Seating for up to 800 spectators will be built in the pool area.
Gray concrete blocks are being stacked for the gymnasium and second-floor running track. The exterior will be red brick and tan stone, similar to the Multipurpose Activity Center just to the south.
A family leisure pool with lap lanes and play equipment is included in the plans, Bales said. A 20.5-foot twisting slide that is 130 feet long will run inside and outside the building.
YMCA officials originally contributed $6 million toward the project. Council members this week accepted an additional $191,563 from the YMCA for its portion of the construction cost.
Tile for the leisure pool and deck area contributed to the additional cost for the YMCA, Commons said.
Parking will be on multiple sides of the building. A total of $535,000 will come from the city's park tax to pay for parking lot improvements.
Edmond Electric is paying $691,000 for the geothermal cooling and heating system. Drilling of the 300 geothermal wells is nearly complete.
A geothermal system is a central heating and cooling system that pumps to or from the ground. Its design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of heating and cooling systems.
Work on the project started May 21.
The school district is putting up $10 million for the construction. The city is spending $6.5 million out of the capital improvement sales tax money passed by voters in 2000. The three groups spent $983,018 on the design work.
YMCA officials expect to hire 15 to 20 full-time employees and an additional 100 part-time workers to operate the center.