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Weston & Sampson Completes Aquatic Centers

Colby College pool starting blocks

Reading, MA – Weston & Sampson recently provided construction, maintenance, and renovation services for three competition pool and spa projects.

Boston College aquatics center

Among those is the new aquatics center at the Margot Connell Recreation Center at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, which boasts a 10-lane, 427,000-gallon, 75 foot x 75 foot competition pool for swimming, diving, and water polo. The facility also includes a shallow learn-to-swim recreational pool for private lessons for adults of all skill levels, made fully accessible with an entry ramp, along with an adjacent 17-person spa. The pool was constructed with a 4-foot-thick concrete floor to counteract water table buoyancy.

Boston College also retained Weston & Sampson to provide a full range of water quality monitoring and maintenance services to ensure water balance, indoor air ventilation, and overall air quality. Construction of the aquatics center was closely coordinated around the simultaneous construction of the new recreation center, which presented several logistical and planning challenges.

Colby College pool

At Colby College in Waterville, Maine, the new Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center features Maine’s first 50-meter, Olympic-sized Myrtha pool, the largest in Colby’s athletic conference, that draws athletes from across the Northeast. The 10-lane, 850,000-gallon pool has two moveable bulkheads, accompanied by two 3-meter diving boards and two 1-meter springboards. The new facility utilizes state of the art technology in air handling so that there are fewer harmful chemicals in the air and it is easier to breath. The aquatics facility also includes three nearby warm/cool therapy spas.

Both the Colby and Boston College pools include Evoqua regenerative media filters that filter down to 1 micron for exceptional water clarity, along with medium pressure UV (ultraviolet) systems to eliminate chlorine-resistant microorganisms and chloramines. The city of Waterville was pleased with the outcome of the pool at Colby and hired the firm for a complete tear-down and new design/build of its outdoor pool facility that will be completed in July of this year.

Rhode Island College pool

Finally, at Rhode Island College in Providence, renovations to the Sandra E. Surdut Swimming Pool, a 10,000sq, five-lane “L” shaped pool, included new tile renovation along with hydro blasting, new main drains, pool shell waterproofing, and crack repairs to bring the pool up to current standards and keep it in top condition.

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