A design has been picked for the universal change rooms at Harbour Pool in Fort Saskatchewan.
Council was given four designs to choose from at the Tuesday (Feb.13) meeting, by the city's project management director, Grant Schaffer.
“We presented options to council with various degrees of budget and public impact in terms of trying to solve the issues that we were trying to accomplish with this project,” said Schaffer.
Design option one would have re-designed the existing multipurpose room into a universal change room and barrier free space. It would have added 1160 sq. ft. of new space and had a minimal impact on pool operations, allowing it to stay open during construction. It would have added four universal change stalls and included a barrier free change room, allowing direct access to the pool. It came with a price tag of $1.3 million.
Council voted down option one 2-4, with just mayor Gale Katchur and councillor Jibs Abitoye in favour.
Option two would construct the universal change rooms to the north and west of the current change areas, adding an additional 2,400 sq. ft. of new space, slightly reducing the current men’s change area and minimally impacting pool operations. This was deemed the best option to meet customer needs, but came with the highest price tag of $1.5 million.
Council favoured option two unanimously, voting 6-0.
“It's the best overall option. It meets the needs of the project the best out of all the options we had. It is the most expensive option, which is why it wasn’t the recommended option to administration (option one was),” said Schaffer.
The third option would have re-designed the current change spaces to a universal changing area, while relocating the men and women change areas. It would have also required a five to six month shutdown with a $1.03 million price tag.
Option four would have re-designed the existing change spaces into one universal change area, but have no separate men or women changing locations, would require a five to six month shut down for construction but was the cheapest option at $800,000.
A construction date has not been set yet, but will require a two month shutdown.
*The approved design is below.