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Edmond swimmers waiting for first plunge in new pool

Edmond high school swimmers won't start season in the new $24.7 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center. Drainage design problem on the leisure pool deck may cause the delay.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: July 15, 2013 at 8:30 am •  Published: July 15, 2013

Coach Steve Riggs tries to keep calm these days as he and his 120 high school swimmers wait to take their first plunge into their new 815,349-gallon competitive swimming pool.

“Being anxious isn't going to make it go any faster,” Riggs said.

That big day could be floating further away.

A drainage design problem on the deck of the 117,000-gallon leisure pool has completion of the $24.7 million, 50-meter pool and recreation center bumped to the first of next year.

The joint project, with partners the city, YMCA and Edmond Public Schools, is 75 percent complete, officials said.

City Manager Larry Stevens said the deck area is being reworked so the contractor can proceed with the remaining work.

“The critical path for the completion of this project involves the significant amount of tile to be installed,” Stevens said. “The delay in this design has thrown the project off schedule, since it is estimated that the tile installation will take at least four months.”

Randy Drew, city project coordinator, said the slope on the leisure pool deck was off and had to be altered for water runoff and to meet American Disability Act regulations so the area is wheelchair accessible.

“There's always something that looks good on paper and doesn't work in the field,” Drew said. “We don't want to get this far and not do it right.”

Atlas Construction, the general contractor, was working with tile installers last week to determine if a second crew could be hired and work days could be extended to speed up the project.

“Before the end of this month, we will know if the tile installation can been accomplished within a time frame that would keep everything on schedule to be fully operational in January 2014,” Stevens said.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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