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GRC pool is closed down due to rusted steel Continued from page 24

The GRC includes a pool, two arena pads, a gymnasium, a fitness studio and community meeting rooms. It was constructed in three phases: the first by the former township of Goulbourn in the year 2000, the second by the city of Ottawa in 2008 (gymnasium, fitness studio and meeting rooms), and the third by the city of Ottawa in 2010 (second ice pad). In 2004, observed deterioration to the stone veneer at the pool exterior wall resulted in the identification of renewal needs. Further investigation led to a detailed program of remediation work that started in 2005. The city did initiate legal action against the original contractor and the architect of record in 2005, resulting in additional work by the contractor at no cost to the city and some com-

pensation awarded in 2007. No issues have been discovered with the work done in the second phase in 2008 or the third phase in 2010, both undertaken by the city of Ottawa. As part of its regular inspection process, the city’s Infrastructure Services Department initiated a structural adequacy review of the GRC in July 2010. The inspection identified evidence of corrosion in the structural steel components of both the pool and the arena which were built in the first phase of the project. In 2012, the city’s Public Works Building Operations staff raised concerns with the building including leakage from the “lantern� which is the elevated roof structure surrounded by windows above the pool. Identified concerns revolved around the venting/air circulation, moisture and an overall lack of air tightness in the

building envelope. A detailed thermographic infrared imagery wall survey by the IRC Building Sciences Group was undertaken to identify areas where head loss and thermal bridging were happening. A detailed review of the mechanical system that services the indoor pool enclosure was also undertaken. This review concluded that the condensation issues within the building are due to defects in the building envelope and that these defects had to be rectified before making changes to the mechanical (HVAC) system. A renewal project was approved in the city’s 2013 budget and remediation work started during the pool’s scheduled shutdown between Aug. 26 and Oct. 6, 2013. While undertaking this work, mould was discovered throughout the ceiling which led to an increased scope of work and a re-

vised completion date of Dec. 2013. This completion date was subsequently extended to June 2014 because of additional mould discovered in the walls surrounding the pool. As the remediation progressed and all of the interior finishes were removed within the pool area, significant rust to the building envelope steel structure in the ceiling and walls was revealed. Further investi-

gations including a steel composition analysis confirmed that the structure steel was deteriorated. In Feb. 2014 it was announced that the pool would remain closed until further notice. The city’s legal services branch is now reviewing the legal options available to the city to recover any or all of the city’s costs to remediate the GRC from any party that is legally liable for such costs.

Winners in euchre at Stittsville Legion Barb Vant’Slot Special to the News

EUCHRE WINNERS Isabelle Raycroft had the most lone hands at the euchre at the Legion Hall on Stittsville Main Street on Tuesday, May 27. Sheila Casagrande had the ladies high score with Shirley Pretty placing second. David Faubert had the men’s

high score with Henry Verhagen as the runner-up. Barry Briggs had the low score while Gladys Macartney had the hidden score. HERE AND THERE AT LEGION The Stittsville Legion’s website can be found at www. rcl618.ca . The outside patio at the Legion Hall is now open for the summer. Drop in and enjoy a friendly visit in this relaxing spot.

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