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McIntosh Perry makes a splash in Kingston’s aquatic project

The new facility is larger all around, with two pools, bigger change rooms, numerous meeting rooms, as well as bigger gym facilities, including more generous weight and cardio areas.

Shillinglaw said the steady and experienced hand of McIntosh Perry’s Michael Dent, P.Eng, was valuable in the overall project, which required designs for concrete foundations, reinforced masonry, post-stressed pre-cast concrete, long-span timber and exposed wood deck, conventional steel framing, joists and deck – not to mention quirks introduced by the architectural team.   

Shillinglaw added that the difficulties of re-purposing existing infrastructure stems from current building codes being  more stringent than they were in past. This translated into substantial upgrades.. For instance, even in Kingston, seismic requirements have become rigorous, to ensure occupant safety during an earthquake event.

Another challenge was meeting multiple client requirements in terms of both the city as a municipality, and users of the finished product. “It was an interesting project that will deliver a prestige level of recreational choices to taxpayers – McIntosh Perry is proud to be a part of it,” Shillinglaw said.

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McIntosh Perry’s structural engineering team will soon see the opening of a rejuvenated downtown aquatic centre in Kingston, after diving head first into the extensive project several years ago.

McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers was responsible for the structural engineering of the new Artillery Park Aquatic Centre project, including initial investigation, detailed design, drawings, site review and pertinent contract administration. Challenges presented to the design team were to maximize the continued use of buildings (built from mid 1800s to mid-1970s, with extensive changes over the years) and to add, improve and upgrade to current structural and accessibility standards – all on budget.

McIntosh Perry started on the project in early 2012, with tender award in early 2013 when the centre was closed to the public. The firm’s role was 98 per cent complete last year. Now the finishing touches are being put on the pools and interior, before it opens to the public on May 1. The new facility is larger all around, with two pools, bigger change rooms, numerous meeting rooms, as well as a bigger gym areas, including more generous weight and cardio areas. Both pools in the aquatic centre now feature salt water, with the new leisure pool sporting a bubble bench and spray areas. In addition to a welcoming lobby area, the facility has a new sauna, many more windows to add natural light, new mechanical, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, as well as additional onsite parking.

McIntosh Perry worked closely with Shoalts and Zaback Architects and the City of Kingston to co-ordinate the project, minimizing the length of closure to the popular aquatic facility.  Engineer and Buildings group manager, Scott Shillinglaw, said the building was historically intriguing. Engineers were tasked with peeling back the building’s layers to understand the underlying structure and the parts that could be saved or reinforced for continued use. Indeed, the building had to be mostly gutted of old finishes, with crews undertaking partial demolition and archeological digs before construction could begin. The new facility has expanded from 22,000 square feet to about 35,000 square feet and the total cost of the reconstruction sits at $10.5 million. Every area of the building is now up to current building standards and is accessible.