Another week, another crumbling piece of infrastructure in Squamish.
In a memo to council, staff is asking for emergency replacement for a pool deck air handling unit at the rec centre pool. The pool deck air handling unit was installed in 2012, and was to be replaced in 2028, but it started having problems in the last six months, which led to minor repairs and adjustments.
In the last few weeks, however, staff have discovered more issues and leaks with compressor failures found on both stages of the dehumidifier. The staff have found out the manufacturer no longer had the original equipment, which delayed repair and eventually resulted in equipment failure. Even though the contractor was able to Isolate the damaged part and prevent further damage to the entire unit, the equipment will need to be repaired soon.
Staff propose to repair one stage in March and the second stage in September during annual pool shutdown.
If the unit fails completely the pool will need to close which impacts programming at the pool. Initial repairs will cost $27,500 and there are plans to get the future repairs completed during the pool shutdown. This is the time when the equipment can be shutdown for a longer period of time.
Without the unit running at full capacity the pool deck is more humid than ideal. Council will discuss the memo at a council meeting tomorrow and approve the repairs.