Progress on the new swimming pool in Grant took a giant step forward Monday when workers began pouring the footings. A cement pumper truck from Hershey was used to dump the cement into the footing frames. The rebar sticking up in the middle of the footings is for the walls of the pool. It will take another two to three weeks to frame the walls so they can be poured. Work will then begin on the pool floor.
Swimmin’ hole transforming into swimming pool
What has been just a large hole in the Grant city park for the past month will slowly turn into something special over the coming months.
With ground preparation and initial steel work complete, workers began Monday to pour the first concrete for the new pool.
The footings for the pool walls, floor and backfill area along with footings and the floor for the pumping pits and surge pump beside the pool were completed Monday.
Miller & Associates Engineer Larry Steele said the footings represent the first step for the pool to start taking shape.
The next step will be to form and pour the pool and pit walls, which attach to the footing. The foundation for the slide will also be poured at the same time. He said it will be about three weeks before the walls are ready to be poured.
Once the walls are complete, workers will install more steel rebar for the pool floor, which will take another two to three weeks.
Steele explained the pool will have a floating floor that sits on top of the footings on the inside of the walls. This method reduces stress on the pool floor versus being tied into the footings.
The bottom section of the pool floor must be poured first before the floor in the depth transition area can be poured.
Work will also begin later on the pool house. Doolittle Construction is the primary subcontractor for that portion of the project.
Brown Construction of Kearney is the general contractor on the $2.5 million project.
Acapulco Pools of Kitchener, Ontario is serving Brown as the primary contractor for the pool construction portion of the project.