The grand re-opening, and the 80th anniversary of the Harry Class Community Pool here in Kitchener, is slated for this Saturday, June 18th at 12:30. Featuring a newly designed and fully accessible change house, complemented by an expanded deck with cedar benches, tanning mounds, and an outdoor shower, the facility is the ideal summer destination.
Beginning construction in the late fall, our firm worked in close co-ordination with Dakon Construction and their many hardworking trades to complete the re-design of the change house and pool deck for the June opening. With the support of the community, we worked along with the City to collect input and gather information about how to best re-design the facility to benefit the community. Building off of everyones ideas and input the design team worked to create an inclusive space for the whole community to enjoy for years to come.
Frequented by John and his family, and located only a short distance from our offices, this project is a proud achievement for the firm. Built in the 1930s, the building was last renovated in 1968 and in much need of some updating and TLC. Although the project began with the idea of renovating the change rooms to allow for the creation of a family change, the City took the opportunity to give the entire change house and pool deck a much needed facelift. Adding some great colours in the interior and some dynamic curved walls, the team integrated the common showers into the space to allow for efficiency and create a fun playful environment. Covered with vinyl, the floors and walls in the main corridor were quite the challenge for both the contractor and its subtrade Volls, although they more than exceeded expectations!
Incorporating energy savings wherever we could, the new design is meant to be more energy efficient than its predecessor. Now equipped with both daylight and occupancy sensors, the team capitalized on the natural light brought into the spaces by the restored skylights- so dont be alarmed if the lights turn off while you’re leaving the change rooms or not on during the bright sunny months 🙂
Replacing the pool deck, the team worked to design a larger, more user friendly environment, that increased the size and capacity through a larger footprint and added seating. Although budget determined the project would include a chain link fence, we worked to integrate curves, benches, and look forward to canopies for shade, nighttime lighting, and tables to be installed around the concrete posts on the pool deck in the future.
Having an appreciation for the history of the facility, and its name, in recognition of the local swimming legend Harry Class, the project team, along with the community was very saddened to learn of the recent passing of Harry Class at the age of 95, and send our condolences to the family, friends and those touched by his life. It was the intention of the deisgn team from the beginning to recognize the achievements and contributions Harry Class made to the community, as we designed a memorabilia case in the main lobby to feature photographs and articles collected over the years.
We hope you can join us on Saturday to celebrate the grand re-opening and 80th anniversary of the facility, and honor the achievements of Harry Class, and his contribution to the community.
With a charity barbecue beginning at 12:30, aquatic sport demonstrations at 1:15, speeches at 1:30 and a free public swim at 2pm everyone is welcome to attend and tour the new facility. Hope to see you there!