EDMOND — Construction of the $22.5 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center is on schedule, City Manager Larry Stevens said.
“The work is nearing 40 percent completion,” Stevens said.
The competitive swimming pool and recreation center being built in J.L. Mitch Park is a partnership involving the city, Edmond Public Schools and the YMCA.
“At this point, everyone continues to be encouraged that the project will be completed by the end of 2013,” Stevens said. “The current focus is to get the building enclosed before colder weather arrives.”
Roof installation is nearly completed over the classroom and exercise areas, and roof work then will move to the gymnasium area.
“The concrete block work is focused on the aquatic areas, and steel is being installed where this work is completed,” the city manager said.
The center will include an eight-lane, 50-meter swimming pool that is 7 feet deep on the south end and 13.6 feet deep on the north end. Seating for up to 800 spectators will be built in the pool area.
A family leisure pool with lap lanes and play equipment is included in the plans. A 20.5-foot twisting slide that is 130 feet long will run inside and outside the building.
City leaders said they have seen relatively few change orders considering the size of the project.
A number of changes were made when city officials made reductions in the cost of the project, said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons.
A $37,316 increase occurred when it was discovered a gas pipeline had been left off the plans.
“They forgot to put it in the plan,” Commons said. “We weren't happy about it, but we caught it in time.”
YMCA officials decided to add tile to the family leisure pool, which cost $191,000. The additional cost was paid by the YMCA.
“Knock on wood, everything is going pretty smooth,” Commons said.