Both pools and the showers have to be tiled, a big job, Drew said.
“We're not talking about getting a small crew in here for the tile,” Drew said. “We are talking about 30 or 40 more people.
“I am optimistic. But I would go after Moby Dick in a row boat and take tartar sauce with me.”
The big push to get the project completed on time is so Edmond can host the state swim competition in February.
YMCA officials also are anxious to get open.
Mike Roark, YMCA executive director, said every day the Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center isn't open they are missing out on generating dollars.
“We have been disappointed,” Roark said. “We just can't control what is happening.
“The schools are certainly affected by the delay.”
In November, the start of this year's high school swim season for all three Edmond's high schools, which includes 20 seniors, won't be at the new pool in J.L. Mitch Park, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive.
Riggs has already canceled swim meets he had scheduled in November and December.
The coach also had to do away with his plans for a Thanksgiving break alumni reunion for swimmers, who have graduated, since work on the 102,000-square-foot building started in May 2012.
“I had hoped to use it the entire season,” Riggs said. “We are ready to go. I wanted the seniors to enjoy it a little bit this year. It is just a matter of when we will jump in.
“We will have to wait like everyone else.”