We would like to provide our valued users an update on the condition of the centre, on-going maintenance, scheduled repairs and upkeep, and important information about plans to for our new facility.
Over the past month the UBC Aquatic Centre has experienced several unexpected closures to deal with mechanical issues and the need to replace equipment. Aquatic Centre will be shutting down again on Monday, June 9th and re-open on Wednesday, July 2nd. There will be extensive work done on the main pool’s piping and controls system resulting from a system failure during a recent swim meet. Other work done during this time will be upgrades to the plumbing in the shower area, fixing issues with the sauna, steam, and pool chemical rooms.
The current facility was built in 1976 and is reaching the end of its lifespan. The long term strategy to enhance the aquatic experience at UBC is to build a new aquatic facility. Plans have just been announced, and this new facility will open in 2016.
In the short term, UBC is taking steps to ensure the current facility remains operational until the new centre is complete. We will be making several capital upgrades and repairs, and this will require shut downs. Regular, yearly maintenance shutdowns for periods of three – five weeks will be scheduled for either December or April each year. This schedule is still awaiting confirmation, but will be posted both in the facility and online once available.
We will continue to provide updates on the current maintenance and repair issues Aquatic Centre as well as information on the new pool as construction begins at: www.recreation.ubc.ca/aquatics
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org The front desk and administration office will be open Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm during this closure period. All active membership passes will be extended by 1 month in duration to accommodate this lost time. If any members would prefer to receive a prorated refund for the month on their active membership, please contact us either in person or at the email address above.
Construction on the new Aquatic Centre is planned to start this summer and will bring to UBC a world-class recreational and high performance pool for students, staff and community. The new facility will include a 50m competition pool, 25m recreational lap pool, leisure pool and a range of amenities such as hot tub, family change rooms, and spectator seating and multi-purpose rooms to meet the needs of the UBC community.