Canada Games Aquatic Centre Infrastructure Improvement Project

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The Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC) opened to the public in 1993 after hosting the Canada Summer Games, and is a cornerstone of recreation, health, and wellness in the City of Kamloops. As part of the Asset Management Program, the City has completed updates to the facility that will extend the life of the pool envelope and critical operating components. The project also included several components to improve the overall sustainability, accessibility, and functionality of the building.

On Saturday, January 2, the pool will reopen for public swim lessons and competitive swim clubs before opening to the general public on Friday, January 15, provided there are no new restrictions from Public Health Officials. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for the protection of residents and staff.

The first public swim is scheduled for Friday, January 15, 7:30–9:30 pm, and registration is required. Swimmers will be able to register online at Kamloops.ca/PerfectMind as of 9:00 am on January 9 and one week in advance of each subsequent public swim. Swim schedules are available at Kamloops.ca/Swim and are subject to change based on Public Health orders.

If you have questions about the CGAC Infrastructure Improvement Project, the reopening, or COVID-19 protocols, visit our FAQ page or use the Q&A tab below to leave us a question.

The Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC) opened to the public in 1993 after hosting the Canada Summer Games, and is a cornerstone of recreation, health, and wellness in the City of Kamloops. As part of the Asset Management Program, the City has completed updates to the facility that will extend the life of the pool envelope and critical operating components. The project also included several components to improve the overall sustainability, accessibility, and functionality of the building.

On Saturday, January 2, the pool will reopen for public swim lessons and competitive swim clubs before opening to the general public on Friday, January 15, provided there are no new restrictions from Public Health Officials. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for the protection of residents and staff.

The first public swim is scheduled for Friday, January 15, 7:30–9:30 pm, and registration is required. Swimmers will be able to register online at Kamloops.ca/PerfectMind as of 9:00 am on January 9 and one week in advance of each subsequent public swim. Swim schedules are available at Kamloops.ca/Swim and are subject to change based on Public Health orders.

If you have questions about the CGAC Infrastructure Improvement Project, the reopening, or COVID-19 protocols, visit our FAQ page or use the Q&A tab below to leave us a question.

  • Canada Games Aquatic Centre Infrastructure Improvement Project Complete

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    21 Jan 2021

    The City of Kamloops is pleased to announce the official completion of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre Infrastructure Improvement Project at the Tournament Capital Centre.

    The $13.5 million project received $1,370,328 from the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and $1,141,825 from the Province of British Columbia through the CleanBC Communities Fund Program to support energy efficiency upgrades. It is the first project funded by this grant to be completed.

    This project was driven by the need to replace aging critical infrastructure and provided an opportunity to improve the environmental performance of the building. Aside from extending the life of the building, these updates will significantly improve the energy efficiency of the building, lower the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by reducing the use of natural gas, and make the building more sustainable.

    For example, the large air handler at the back of the building now regulates the temperature and humidity of the air within the pool building, and uses a heat recovery system to offset the need to burn natural gas to meet the thermal demands of the building. In a pool environment, a large component of the facility’s energy use is to heat the water. This heat constantly evaporates off the water creating humidity that is then expelled from the building. With the new HVAC systems, this relatively hot and humid exhaust air is now recovered and used to warm the new air entering the building. Other updates include:

    • a new roof, walls, and door systems
    • updated mechanical, electrical, and HVAC systems
    • new boilers
    • high efficiency LED lighting
    • new high-efficiency whirlpool, steam room, and sauna

    In addition, sustainable practices were prioritized during construction resulting in 97% of construction waste being diverted from the landfill.  

    Quote from the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities:

    “As a swimmer and lover of aquatic sports, I’m pleased that the Canada Games Aquatic Centre in Kamloops will not only support healthy lifestyles, but will also reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a greener and more active future for generations to come. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

    Quote from the Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy:

    “We’re investing in cleaner, better public infrastructure for people and families living in Kamloops and across the province. The new aquatic centre upgrades mean a better, more efficient facility that uses less energy, reduces pollution and improves an important community resource. By working together with all levels of government, we will meet our climate change goals and build a cleaner, stronger future for everyone through CleanBC.”

    Quote from His Worship Ken Christian, Mayor of the City of Kamloops Mayor:

    “Since becoming a BC Climate Action Charter signatory in 2007, the City of Kamloops pledged to significantly reduce both corporate and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions. This project is a big step toward that goal. We’d like to thank the provincial and federal governments for supporting our vision of reducing our impact on the environment. It’s important for all levels of government to work together to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.”

    The facility reopened to the general public on Friday, January 15. The City of Kamloops would like to thank the residents of Kamloops for their patience and cooperation during project construction. If you have questions about the CGAC Infrastructure Improvement Project, the reopening, or COVID-19 protocols, please visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/CGAC.

    Environmental Leadership is one of Kamloops City Council’s four strategic priorities stating “The City of Kamloops leads by example by making sustainable choices to minimize our environmental footprint”.

  • City Welcomes Residents Back to the Canada Games Aquatic Centre with Gradual Reopening

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    30 Dec 2020

    December 30, 2020 – The renovations are almost complete at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC) at the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC), and the City of Kamloops is excited to start welcoming swimmers back to the pool. On Saturday, January 2, the pool will reopen for public swim lessons and competitive swim clubs before opening to the general public on Friday, January 15.

    “We’re excited to get everyone back into the pool as soon as possible, but safety during the pandemic is our top priority,” said Andrew Smeaton, the City’s Aquatics Supervisor. “The updates are impressive and change how people move through the space, as do the COVID safety protocols. By starting with our public swim lessons and aquatic clubs only, we can ensure these groups get oriented to new procedures, and then we will be ready for drop-in users and the general public on January 15.”

    REOPENING AND COVID-19

    Barring any new restrictions from Public Health Officials, the general public will be welcomed to the CGAC starting on Friday, January 15. Due to COVID-19, residents can expect protocols to be in place that are designed to keep public and staff as safe as possible and minimize transmission.

    • Masks are required within the TCC and in all dry areas of the pool building up to when you are entering the pool (we recommend you leave your mask with your towel on the pool deck).
    • The traffic flow within the change rooms has been delineated for one-way traffic flow. Please maintain a minimum of 2 m/6 ft. distance from other people.
    • All swimmers in lessons up to and including Swim Kids 3 (programs in the leisure pool) must be accompanied in the water by a responsible person who is at least 16 years of age.
    • The sauna and steam room will remain closed until they are approved to open by Public Health Officials.
    • The whirlpool has a maximum capacity of 3.
    • Leisure and public swims have a maximum capacity of 50.
    • Lap swims will be limited depending on the availability of lanes. The maximum capacity for lap swims is 6 people per double lane up to a total of 48 patrons when the whole main pool is open.
    • Separate programs will not be scheduled concurrently. For example, there will be no public swim scheduled during swim lessons.
    • Leisure swims and public swims are limited to 50 people, and swimmers must register in advance.

    The first public swim is scheduled for Friday, January 15, 7:30–9:30 pm, and registration is required. Swimmers will be able to register online at Kamloops.ca/PerfectMind as of 9:00 am on January 9 and one week in advance of each subsequent public swim. Swim schedules are available at Kamloops.ca/Swim and are subject to change based on Public Health orders.

    Effective January 2, 2021, the TCC hours will be expanded and Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre will return to regular hours.


    MondayFriday Saturday–Sunday
    Tournament Capital Centre 5:30 am–9:30 pm 7:00 am–8:00 pm
    Westsyde Pool & Fitness Centre 5:30–11:30 am, 3:00–9:00 pm 9:30 am–4:30 pm


    WHAT’S NEW AT THE POOL?

    While many of the improvements will not be noticed by the average visitor, such as mechanical, heating, and electrical system updates, pool users will notice significant updates to the change rooms and pool amenities.

    The new change rooms have been designed to improve accessibility, inclusiveness, safety, and security and to modernize how people access the facility. New individual-use change rooms provide all pool users with their own private space to change and shower, with shared access to the common areas leading to the pool deck. There are now 20 individual change rooms, 11 family rooms, and 3 fully accessible change rooms with adjustable beds, overhead lifts, and wheelchair-accessible showers and sinks.

    On the pool deck, swimmers will notice the sauna and steam room have been relocated to accommodate a new spray park—complete with water cannons, a splash pad, and other water features—and a large whirlpool with an accessible lift to provide direct access for people in wheelchairs.

    "Accessibility and inclusivity are important themes to the improvements we’ve made,” said Smeaton. “From the change room renovations to the accessible lifts and the new spectator entrance, people of all abilities now have improved access to aquatics in our community.”

    THE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

    The CGAC Infrastructure Improvement Project began in May 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic closed the facility to the public. The main driver of this project was to replace several critical infrastructure components that were at or near the end of their expected design life while revitalizing and modernizing the space to meet current and future design standards.

    Project scope:

    • replacing the complete building envelope (roof and walls)
    • replacing the mechanical; electrical system; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
    • replacing the lighting with LED fixtures
    • replacing the boilers with energy-efficient options
    • repainting and/or updating the interior pool walls and ceiling offices, and other spaces
    • constructing a new east entrance to create improved accessibility and security
    • constructing a new accessible washroom on the mezzanine
    • installing new retractable bleachers to improve accessibility on the mezzanine (to be installed at a later date)
    • replacing and modernizing the change rooms and common areas to improve inclusivity, accessibility, safety, and security
    • replacing the hot tub, sauna, and steam room with more energy-efficient options
    • constructing a new spray park
    • replacing or repairing/repainting leisure pool amenities
    • installing a public address system, improving public safety communications
    • installing a new score clock (to be installed at a later date)

    The updates will extend the life of the pool building and critical operating components and have improved the facility’s overall sustainability, accessibility, and functionality. The project budget was $13.491 million and has been partially funded by a $2.5 million grant from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program - CleanBC Communities Fund Program by the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia to support the energy-efficiency upgrades.


  • City Receives Over $2.5 Million for Canada Games Aquatic Centre Infrastructure Improvement Project

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    The City of Kamloops is pleased to receive more than $2.5 million from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – CleanBC Communities Fund Program by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia to support the energy-efficiency upgrades at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC).

    “This project in Kamloops shows how smart investments in infrastructure can help communities save energy and reduce harmful emissions while building a strong resilient future for residents,” said the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Canada’s Infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger communities.”

    “Investing in communities across the province is key to building a cleaner, better future for everyone,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “By investing in projects like the new energy-efficient building upgrades for the Canada Games Aquatic Centre in Kamloops through our CleanBC climate and economic plan, we’re working together with communities to make life more affordable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

    The grant will support a number of high-performance upgrades to the CGAC’s envelope (walls, roof, and windows); mechanical; electrical; and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems that will significantly increase the facility’s energy efficiency and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

    “This is a significant investment in this project, which recognizes our commitment to minimizing our environmental footprint,” said Glen Cheetham, the City’s Sustainability Services Supervisor. “The improvements that have been integrated into this project will help us work towards the goals outlined in the Sustainable Kamloops Plan.”

    Sustainability is a critical component of this project, and it is not limited to the infrastructure improvements. The on-site project team has prioritized waste diversion to reduce the environmental impact of the construction. As of August 2020, the project has diverted 98% of waste materials to be recycled at the Kamloops Resource Recovery Centre, which has saved over 360,000 lb of material from the landfill.

    For information on the CGAC Infrastructure Improvement Project and to subscribe to project updates, visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/CGAC.

    Environmental leadership is one of Council’s strategic priorities for 2019–2022: “The City of Kamloops leads by example by making sustainable choices to minimize our environmental footprint.”

    Read the BC Government news release here.

  • Project Update for June 19

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    06 Jul 2020
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    The Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC) is looking a little different these days as a result of the infrastructure improvement project. The unexpected closure of the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) due to COVID-19 allowed the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team to get a head start on site setup and selective demolition. One month later, demolition is well underway within the natatorium (pool building) and change rooms and construction has started on the new east entrance.

    As the TCC slowly reopens to the public, residents are reminded that the pool, the wet change rooms, and the dry change rooms/washrooms near the reception area will remain closed for the duration of the project.

    The IPD team would like to thank everyone at the TCC for their patience and kindness on site. If you have a question about this project or how it may affect you, please submit it at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/CGAC.

    Interior demolition and scaffolding

    East entrance construction

  • Construction Starting on the Canada Games Aquatic Centre and Hillside Stadium

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    12 May 2020
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    The Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC) will begin its transformation this week as demolition gets underway on the roof and walls. With the unexpected closure of the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) due to COVID-19, the City is able to get an early start on site setup and selective demolition. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, with the pool ready to reopen on January 2, 2021.

    The purpose of the project is to replace several critical infrastructure components of the facility that are near or past their expected design life, including the roof and walls of the pool building; the boilers; and the mechanical, electrical, and HVAC systems. The project will also include several components to improve the overall sustainability, accessibility, and functionality of the building, including LED lighting and more energy-efficient hot tubs, sauna, and steam room.

    Warner Rentals Field at Hillside Stadium will also be receiving an update this spring. Starting on Tuesday, May 19, Hillside Stadium will be closed to replace the artificial turf. It is scheduled to reopen in late July.

  • Big Changes Coming to the Canada Games Aquatic Centre

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    27 Jan 2020

    Kamloops, BC – The City will be breathing new life into the Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC) as a necessary infrastructure improvement project gets underway in June. Council voted today to authorize additional funding for the project to allow several revitalization and modernization elements to be added to the original scope of the project.

    The main reason for this project is to replace several critical infrastructure components of the facility that are near or past their expected design life, including the roof and walls of the pool building; the boilers; and the mechanical, electrical, and HVAC systems. The project will also include several components to improve the overall sustainability, accessibility, and functionality of the building, including LED lighting and more energy-efficient hot tubs, sauna, and steam room.

    “The pool was built in the early 90s and it’s showing its age,” said Byron McCorkell, the City’s Community and Protective Services Director. “It’s no different than your house—even with regular maintenance, eventually you will need to replace the roof and put in a new furnace.”

    Included in the renovation will be a complete overhaul of the wet and dry change rooms and introducing more individual change rooms to improve accessibility and security.

    “Personal safety and security of property are priorities at the TCC,” said Sean Smith, Business Operations and Events Supervisor. “The change room renovations will address the public concerns we’ve heard and will create an environment that is inclusive and accessible for all users.”

    To accommodate the construction, the CGAC will be closed for six months. From June 25-28, the facility will host over 600 competitive swimmers for the annual Swim BC Provincials. Immediately following that event, on June 29, the pool will be closed for construction and is expected to reopen by January 2, 2021.

    “The project team has looked at every possible option for keeping the pool open, but this project involves literally removing the entire roof of the building,” said McCorkell. “It would be impossible to maintain any kind of public access with this level of construction.”

    To minimize the impact on pool users, the City will extend the hours at Brock Pool and Westsyde Pool; however, the public can expect to see changes to the schedules at these facilities, including swim lessons and public swim times.

    “We recognize the impact this closure will have on the community, especially our local competitive swim organizations,” said Andrew Smeaton, Aquatics Supervisor. “We are working hard to meet the community needs through expanded hours at Brock and Westsyde and are developing schedules that will maximize access to these facilities for as many people as possible.”

    During construction, the rest of the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) will remain open, with the exception of Hillside Stadium, which will be closed in June to replace the artificial turf. The Stadium is scheduled to reopen in early July.

    Residents with memberships that include pool access will be compensated for the pool closure. Members will receive a credit on their PerfectMind account. Credits can be applied to a gym and/or track membership, recreation program, or other facility pass. Members also have the option of receiving a refund, which will be applied to the original form of payment. Memberships that do not include pool access will not be affected by the closure.

    “Our members, leaseholders, and partners are important to us, and we want to minimize any inconvenience this closure may cause,” said Smith. “Our Customer Relations Representatives are ready to answer questions, process refunds, and find the best solutions available during the closure to help residents meet their fitness goals.”

    “We’re excited for all the improvements this project will bring to this facility, particularly with regard to its sustainability and accessibility,” said McCorkell. “The pool is incredibly well-used by the community, and this project will extend its life by another 30 years.”

    Background:
    The TCC is the heart of recreation, health, and wellness in Kamloops. It is the largest and most comprehensive venue of its kind in the region, and it has dedicated facilities that are designed to meet the needs of all levels and abilities. The success of the TCC has exceeded expectations, and users’ demand has increased by over 300% of the original predictions.

    The Canada Games Aquatic Centre opened to the public in 1993 after hosting the Canada Summer Games. The building envelope (walls and roof), mechanical; electrical; and heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) systems have all been well maintained, but they are original to the building and are near or past their expected design life.

    The City is utilizing an Integrated Project Delivery model to deliver this project, which provides certainty in costs and timelines. This approach brings all project partners together early in the design stages to develop the project plan collaboratively. This method has proven successful in optimizing project results; increasing value to the owner; reducing waste; and maximizing efficiency through all phase of design, fabrication, and construction.