Unexpected I-beam maintenance at the Monticello Community Center (MCC) has tentatively pushed the pool improvement and fitness project back three weeks.
Preliminary testing identified corrosion on the I-beam that supports the roof joists in the pool area.
The concrete block is being reinforced and treated to inhibit further corrosion.
“The I-beam needs to be exposed, cleaned and repainted,” said Kitty Baltos, community center director. “We have a tentative [construction] schedule that shows us about 19 days behind.”
The work is expected to cost up to $15,000 and is currently holding up the rest of the pool project’s progress.
“They are trying to figure out how to rearrange the schedule to get as close as possible to the opening date, but right now, we’re looking at Nov. 19,” she said.
The west half of the main hallway was cordoned off to allow structural steel installation for the new fitness floor. A major concrete pour was completed Sept. 17.
“We’ve not been able to see the construction because it’s been enclosed with plastic,” Baltos said.
“That’s going to stay up the whole time, because they have not required us to close down the fitness center during this remodeling project.
The plastic doesn’t keep the construction noise out, but it does keep out the dust.”
The old pool mechanical system is history. The new system that provides pool dehumidification, heating and cooling was installed by crane last Tuesday.
The natatorium roof replacement is estimated to cost $120,000, Baltos said. The 13-year-old has a 15-year life expectancy. “We decided to replace it,” she said.
Local independent contractor All Elements Inc. was awarded the roof repair contract. The company will work around Ebert Construction and its subcontractors.
“It seems like everything is going well, with the exception of the I-beam,” Baltos said. “Everything is progressing as expected. I think we are looking pretty good.”
According to Baltos, south wall block work is almost done on the lower part of the wall.
The bays with clear glass and fire exit along the bottom are starting to emerge. A Fiberglass translucent window for the upper part of the wall will be installed after construction work on the I-beam is completed. The top of the slide has been removed and duct work that needs to be replaced is coming down. Doors and door frames in the pool area have been removed and will be replaced, she said.
The interior of the pool’s west entry has been demolished and will be rebuilt. Steel studs in the west entry are in good shape and won’t need replacement, she said.
MCC members and guests have been patient during construction. “We’ve been notifying people for months that this project has been coming,” Baltos said. “While getting into the building looks complicated because the west end has been closed and opened so much, everything but the pool and the hot tubs remain open.”
The MCC’s pool use arrangements with the Monticello Middle School and Super 8 Motel are working well, Baltos said. “We’re getting good usage at both locations,” she said.