COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Funding FAQ

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A planned rehabilitation project for the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre will enhance accessibility features and improve the safety for customers and employees, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project will include repairing and replacing the centre’s aging Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment, replacing aging infrastructure within the existing change room spaces, including pipes, increasing space in the changerooms and adding universal design concepts to improve accessibility, and replacing the reception desk to meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and COVID-19 standards.

Why are you replacing the HVAC Unit?

The main mechanical component related to heating of both the pool air and water, referred to as the Dectron, has reached end of life and requires replacement to avoid a mechanical failure. A planned replacement reduces the risk of an extended shutdown of the pool that would occur if there was a mechanical failure that forced an unscheduled replacement.

Why are you renovating the changeroom spaces?

The design of the pipes, including type of material, location and distance of the existing pipes have led to pest control issues, clogging and resulted in a partial shutdown of changerooms in the past couple years.

Temperature control issues, which have led to inconsistent temperatures in both the male and female changerooms, are a result of the current design of the space. To rectify these issues, replacement of pipes and fixtures is required. Given the scope of work required, consideration for space design is being reviewed. This includes consideration of universal design concepts to improve accessibility for customers, increased space requirements and placement of fixtures.

Why is a universal changeroom design being considered?

As municipal wellness facility, the Centre attracts a wide range of clients. Our changeroom spaces should be accessible for all clients. Universal concepts are included in modern facility designs as these spaces are inclusive of a variety of user groups. Therefore, the efficiency and effectiveness of the space is essential to ensure a positive experience of all clients. Universal design concepts consider a diverse type of features, including privacy, gender, accessibility, assistive features, flexibility of use, traffic flow and optimization of the number of users able to access the space.

Is there a detailed design or drawings I can see?

High level concepts were included for the purpose of creating the project funding request. These are concepts and are not a final design. Detailed designs are not completed at this stage of the project.

When will the construction phase of project begin?

The construction is projected to begin in April 2021 with a completion date in early Fall 2021.

Will the pool be closed?

The Aquatic Centre and changeroom areas will be closed during the construction phase, as the mechanical equipment and infrastructure will be replaced during this stage.

Will I be able to provide feedback on the plans?

Currently we’re seeking funding for the project. Once the funding has been confirmed, the project timeline will be developed, which will include an opportunity for feedback from users. User feedback is essential to ensure the needs of all clients can be considered and evaluated. Further information on this process will be shared in the next stage of the project.

Where can I see the city council reports on this project?

On December 1, 2020 a report was presented to Peterborough Council in support of the use of the “COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Funding”.

Who can I speak to about the project?

If you have additional questions, please email the Facility Manager, Rob McAulay.