Work on the Newport Aquatic Center is progressing. During the last couple of months, the contractor has been busy putting up the concrete block walls and installing the pool equipment in the mechanical room. The masonry and equipment work are mostly complete. Beginning June 27th citizens will be seeing a big change in the project when the steel for the building is delivered.
June 27th and 28th the Contractor will be blocking off several parking spaces in the parking lot between City Hall and the Recreation Center to facilitate the offloading of the steel roof trusses that exceed 60’ in length. City engineer Tim Gross said they are so long, it is necessary to lift them with a forklift and drive the truck out from below. The contractor will also be pouring concrete floors in the lifeguard office, electrical room and mechanical room.
Beginning Wednesday June 29th the steel erector will begin installing the structural steel and roof trusses, followed by the roof decking. The building will really start to take shape over the next several weeks. Please have patience as the pace of construction begins to pick up. Parking will continue to be congested and many trucks will be accessing the site.
When completed the new Aquatic Center has been designed to include an eight-lane 25-yard competition pool; expanded locker rooms; a warm water multi-use pool; and seating for up to 300 spectators. The new center will replace the city’s current pool, which is over 50-years old when it opens later this year.