Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre proposed rehabilitation project

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REQUIRED FIELD: View of the entrance of the Sport & Wellness Centre at dusk.

Project update

City Council has decided to proceed with only the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning component of the project.

At its meeting on Monday, April 26, Council passed the following motion:

That recommendation b) from Report CSD20-007, Investing in Canada Infrastructure Fund – COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Funding, which reads,

That, if the application is successful, a new $3.25 million 2020 capital project be created and funded as described in Table 1 of Report CSD20-007, dated December 1, 2020 and that of the approximate $2.2 million municipal share, $1,925,000 be pre-committed in the 2022 Capital Budget; and

Be amended by deleting and replacing with the following wording:

b) That a $1.7M capital project be created for a PSWC-COVID Rehabilitation Project that entails the following key elements: pool HVAC system and,

That staff be directed to apply any savings to other Capital, and,

That staff provide a new scope of work to the Province regarding the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Fund – COVID 19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream grant in that the benefits of the work would still include:

i) extended life of the City's only municipally owned aquatics centre by 15 years and

ii) enhanced air quality within the aquatics facility (air humidity, air temperature, pool temperature, air particle removal) resulting in safe operation of the pools

Information on the timing of the project is not available yet.

Phase 2 Consultation report

The report on the Phase 2 Consultation results is now available.

What is the project focus?

The planned rehabilitation project for the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre previously included enhancements to accessibility features and improvements for the safety for customers and employees, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project would have included repairing and replacing the centre’s aging Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment, replacing aging infrastructure within the changeroom spaces, replacing plumbing infrastructure, improving accessibility, and replacing the reception desk to meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and COVID-19 standards. One of the considerations is whether to redesign the layout of the main changeroom spaces, such as replacing the gender-specific group/communal changerooms with individual, private changerooms.

A concept design for the changeroom renovations on the option to create individual, private changerooms has been posted to the Documents section of this project page for you to review.

A video of a presentation by the design team on one of the potential changeroom layouts is available under the video section on the right side of the project page. You can also read the helpful FAQ and "did you know posts".

Project update

City Council has decided to proceed with only the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning component of the project.

At its meeting on Monday, April 26, Council passed the following motion:

That recommendation b) from Report CSD20-007, Investing in Canada Infrastructure Fund – COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Funding, which reads,

That, if the application is successful, a new $3.25 million 2020 capital project be created and funded as described in Table 1 of Report CSD20-007, dated December 1, 2020 and that of the approximate $2.2 million municipal share, $1,925,000 be pre-committed in the 2022 Capital Budget; and

Be amended by deleting and replacing with the following wording:

b) That a $1.7M capital project be created for a PSWC-COVID Rehabilitation Project that entails the following key elements: pool HVAC system and,

That staff be directed to apply any savings to other Capital, and,

That staff provide a new scope of work to the Province regarding the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Fund – COVID 19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream grant in that the benefits of the work would still include:

i) extended life of the City's only municipally owned aquatics centre by 15 years and

ii) enhanced air quality within the aquatics facility (air humidity, air temperature, pool temperature, air particle removal) resulting in safe operation of the pools

Information on the timing of the project is not available yet.

Phase 2 Consultation report

The report on the Phase 2 Consultation results is now available.

What is the project focus?

The planned rehabilitation project for the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre previously included enhancements to accessibility features and improvements for the safety for customers and employees, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project would have included repairing and replacing the centre’s aging Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment, replacing aging infrastructure within the changeroom spaces, replacing plumbing infrastructure, improving accessibility, and replacing the reception desk to meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and COVID-19 standards. One of the considerations is whether to redesign the layout of the main changeroom spaces, such as replacing the gender-specific group/communal changerooms with individual, private changerooms.

A concept design for the changeroom renovations on the option to create individual, private changerooms has been posted to the Documents section of this project page for you to review.

A video of a presentation by the design team on one of the potential changeroom layouts is available under the video section on the right side of the project page. You can also read the helpful FAQ and "did you know posts".

  • Memorandum to City Council on project cost estimates

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    Peterborough, ON – City Council had requested an update on the cost estimates for the planned replacement of the specialized heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit, plumbing infrastructure, and accessibility improvements at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre. The following memo has been provided to City Council.

    Memorandum

    Subject: Information for Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre Rehabilitation Project
    At the Council meeting of March 22, 2021, the following Notice of Motion was made:
    That, at the April 26, 2021 Council meeting, under the Notice of Motion agenda section, reconsider the matter of the Wellness Centre Change Room Renovations and the direction provided to Staff, as outlined in the December 1, 2020 ReportCSD20-007, entitled, Investing in Canada Infrastructure Fund - COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Funding, which was approved by Council at its meeting of December 14, 2020.
    During discussion of this item, Staff were requested to have more detailed costing available. This memo provides the additional costing information, information about the provincial grant and some information regarding an alternative design.

    Costing

    Initial budgeting for municipal construction projects is done using cost estimates to be able to initiate and plan for a project. Further costing analysis proceeds during the project planning and design phase. Class C cost estimates have now been prepared on the current design with individual change spaces with a total cost of $3,400,000. With an appropriate 10% contingency of construction costs $267,000, the total project would be $3,667,000. With an approved budget of $3,250,000, it is estimated that the project will require $417,000 more in funding. Typically, where tenders exceed the approved budget, Staff would look to value engineer the project to determine the most appropriate areas to reduce costs to meet the budget.
    However, Staff are concerned that there is very little opportunity in the design to reduce costs.
    Council further requested that Staff break out the costs for the mechanical and HVAC elements of the project without modifications to the changerooms. This is a difficult exercise as the HVAC (Dectron) replacement and upgrades require significant replacement of piping and venting behind the walls in the changerooms. The project also includes accessibility upgrades which the City is obligated to provide to meet accessibility standards. Based upon the detailed costing now available, the cost to make the minimum HVAC replacement and improvements and the required accessibility improvements would be $1,700,000.

    Grant

    The grant portion of the project is expected to be $1,054,000. The grant eligibility includes the requirements of an increase in air quality due to the HVAC replacement and upgrade, upgrades to meet AODA accessibility standards and ability to provide an inclusive space, and increased changeroom space to allow for better distancing and cleaning standards. If only the mechanical HVAC replacement and upgrades were made, Staff do not believe this would meet the eligibility of the grant application submitted
    and an amended application would need to be submitted. Staff do not know what the outcome of a new project submission would be.

    Alternative Option for Consideration

    Due to the detailed cost estimates received which are above the initial approved budget for the project and a recognition that the upgrades for accessibility, inclusivity and increased changeroom space are important, Staff have worked with the project architect to determine an alternative option for Council consideration. This alternative option would continue to include the HVAC replacement, maintain the existing changerooms with some changes to floor and wall finishes, the creation of an accessible shower/washroom and custodial room in each change room while also providing an expanded universal changeroom. This would allow for mandated accessibility improvements to all changerooms, allow for improvements to the customer experience through an expanded universal changeroom with private change spaces and would meet future programming demands. This alternative design would continue to meet the full eligibility of the grant of $1,054,000 as it would increase the size of available change spaces, increase the privacy and inclusivity options available in the changerooms, continue to improve accessibility, and continue to improve air quality through the replacement of the HVAC system.
    Staff have done a preliminary costing analysis of this alternative option and it is within the approved $3,250,000 budget as there are significant savings in materials and reduced labour costs. The pursuit of this option since it maintains the City’s opportunity for the provincial grant would see a net cost to the City of $2,196,000.
    ______________________
    Sheldon Laidman
    Commissioner of Community Services
  • Consultation Phase 2 - launch

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    Sport and Wellness Centre Consultation - Phase 2

    Peterborough, ON - A survey on the potential re-design of the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre changerooms is open from March 26 to April 22, 2021 with the results going to City Council for direction on the project.

    Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre is planning to replace its specialized Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system, replace deficient plumbing, and review the design of changeroom spaces to improve overall accessibility for users.

    The City is asking the community on its preference on communal, gender-specific group change spaces – men’s and women’s group changerooms – and private, individual changerooms in a universal changeroom design that is not gender-specific.

    A universal changeroom layout with private, individual changerooms would enhance privacy, accessibility, gender-inclusivity, and safety, as well as support operational needs, such as reducing disruption to members during cleaning of changerooms.

    The survey and project information are available at the Wellness Centre at 775 Brealey Dr., online at connectptbo.ca/pswcreno, and by calling the Wellness Centre at 705-742-0050.

    Copies of the survey are being mailed to Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre members who have not provided an email address for corresponding with the Wellness Centre – anyone else who would like a copy mailed to them can contact the Wellness Centre at 705-742-0050 ext. 2202 or email sportandwellnesscentre@peterborough.ca.

    The Wellness Centre currently has three main group changerooms – a men’s communal changeroom, a women’s communal changeroom, and a universal changeroom.

    A draft design has outlined how the three existing group changerooms could be replaced by a universal changeroom design with about 40 private, individual changerooms of varying sizes, including about 12 with showers.

    Through the first phase of consultation, feedback included concerns with removing the group, communal, gender-specific changerooms and with safety related to private, individual changerooms in a universal change room design that is not gender specific. City Council decided to proceed with a second consultation phase.

    Survey results will be reported to Council for its direction on the design of the changerooms at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre.

  • Consultation closing date

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    On March 1, City Council passed a motion at its General Committee meeting to re-open the consultation process. Once Council ratifies the motion at its March 22, 2021 Council meeting, staff would initiate a second round of consultation.

    Information on the second round of consultation would be provided following Council's decision.

  • Update on consultation

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    Thank you to all the Wellness Centre Members and broader community members who provided feedback and comments since the proposed project was announced in November.

    Staff heard from members through a variety of methods, including in-person conversations before the Province’s shutdown that started near the end of December, telephone conversations, emails and comments submitted online. Most recently, we completed the survey on the Connect Peterborough website, which closed on January 26, 2021. In addition to those survey responses received directly from the website, additional surveys were received through our dedicated phone number for those requiring assistance or could not access the online process.

    The proposed project includes necessary work such as replacing plumbing infrastructure throughout the main changerooms and replacing the HVAC system for the facility. The draft design concept for the changerooms outlines how there would be approximately 35 private changerooms instead of the current three large group changerooms (men’s, women’s, and family).

    We've put together a highlight summary of the comments received from the project page and survey. The City heard from members and residents who shared comments about topics such as privacy, the flow of traffic through the space, the number of storage lockers, and feedback on the overall design concept. The feedback is being reviewed by the design team to help inform the development of the design proposal.

    The Connect Peterborough website will continue to provide updates on the project, including updates on the design concept and grant funding application. To make sure you do not miss the latest updates, please subscribe to the page. This subscribe button is located on the upper right-hand corner of the project page.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to access the project page you can keep up to date through our dedicated phone line, by calling 705-742-0050 Ext. 2202. This dedicated line will provide update highlights as they are provided on the project page and those interested can leave a voicemail for further staff for assistance.

    On behalf of the City and Project Design Team, thank you again for participating and providing comments thus far.

    Rob McAulay, Wellness Centre Manager

    Heather Stephens, Wellness Centre Assistant Manager

  • Did you know? Additional changerooms are available to Centre participants.

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    In addition to the planned universal changeroom, Centre users will also have access to our men's and women's changerooms located by the gymnasium. These changerooms include access to private washroom stalls, private showers, and several half-lockers. Users wishing to access gender-specific changerooms will continue to have access to these spaces.

  • Did you know? The proposed design offers privacy with many options available.

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    The universal changeroom design concept is focused on streamlined use, accessibility, and privacy, providing; 35 private changerooms, including 9 family changerooms, and 1 large barrier-free changeroom with an adult change station.

    A new group shower, located off the pool deck, will include a child-focused shower feature.

    The proposed design includes 11 private showers, including 2 family and 2 accessible. These shower stalls include full height doors for increased privacy.

    The proposed washroom facilities include 10 private self-contained washrooms, each washroom including a sink and toilet. Facilities include two (2) universal washrooms with adult change stations.

    The design increases our current number of available lockers and includes 314 half-sized lockers, including a number that are visible from the fitness floor for enhanced security.

  • Did you know? Accessibility our focus.

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    When the Centre opened in 2005 it surpassed accessibility standards making it an ideal location for user groups requiring additional supports.

    In 2018 in support of our ongoing commitment to accessibility, the City of Peterborough installed the Pool Pod accessible pool lift in the Aquatic Centre, with support from the Canadian Tire Jumpstart accessibility grant.

    As accessibility standards are updated, our continued commitment to exceeding these standards requires upgrades to our changeroom facilities. The new changeroom design incorporates modern accessible supports such as barrier free changerooms, extra-large shower rooms, and universal washrooms.

    As with updates required for the changeroom facilities, to meet accessibility standards, our reception desk requires upgrades. The new reception desk will include accessible height counters, along with other modern accessible supports updates.

  • Did you know? The renovation includes important upgrades to HVAC and plumbing systems.

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    HVAC System

    The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system in the aquatic centre has reached its end-of-life. This system is a vital component for the safety of our participants and staff who use the aquatic centre, providing fresh air and controlling the humidity levels.

    Plumbing

    The current 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 of years. To address this concerns, fixtures and flooring will need to be removed to gain access to the changeroom plumbing infrastructure.

  • Did you know? The Centre serves a wide variety of user groups.

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    The Sport and Wellness Centre focuses on supporting a wide variety of groups within our community, including students, children, families, adult members and participants, community groups, varsity sport teams and community sport leagues. The updates to the Centre infrastructure and new universal changeroom design will support the continued use and growth of each of these user groups. Looking for demographic information? Visit the Documents section of this website to download a PDF report.

    Children, Youth and Families:

    Throughout the year, the Centre is accessed by over 1000 children and youth each week through registered programs such as swimming lessons, gym and swim, birthday parties, discovery kids programs and more.

    Each summer, our day camp program offers 1200 spots to children to participate in structured, supervised programming focused on learning through play by making new friends, daily swims, crafts, special activities, and sport.

    Through Lifesaving Society's Swim to Survive program, the Centre partners with local elementary schools to teach grade 3 students the important life skills to stay safe around the water. This program is provided at no cost to the students and serves over 300 children each school year.

    Through family memberships or registration into programming, families have access to specialized programs and activities for all ages, such as mom and tot programs, ninja academy and more.

    Students:

    The Centre is the hub of varsity and intramural sports, fitness, and specialized academic classes for students attending Fleming College. Programs such as Police Foundations and Fire utilize the Centre to facilitate their physical training. Varsity and intramural sports including basketball, volleyball, and cricket take place in varsity level gymnasium.

    Adults:

    Adult programs at the Centre provides access to drop-in sports, fitness equipment, a wide range of fitness classes for all ability levels, and specialized programs such as Ballroom Dancing, Zumba, Thai Chi and more. Our newest Pickleball league, now with 150 spaces, was filled within a day of registration opening! Our adult users are healthy, active, and ready to participate in all levels of programming and sport.

    Community Groups:

    Many community groups such as Community Living, retirement homes, and community partnerships with local organizations such as the Alzheimer's Society, access the Centre regularly to provide their clients with leisure activities such as swimming and utilize the indoor track and accessible fitness equipment.

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