Renovations to the Aquatic Center on White Sands Missile Range will help improve safety, energy costs, and the overall comfort of the facility.
The improvements began last weekend and are expected to extend until early next year, but no immediate closure of the facility due to the renovations is expected. The first project included the installation of a new solar powered heater to replace a broken water heater.
“The solar energy heater is part of an energy conservation project White Sands is utilizing to save on energy costs in various ways,” said Rob Koren, Aquatic Center Manager.
According to Koren, the new water heater will not only reduce energy costs, but also allows the hundreds of swimmers who use the pool yearly a more comfortable experience with water at a constant temperature.
Other improvements to the pool will include a new chemical feed and control system and an upgraded filtration system.
The women’s and men’s locker rooms will also see renovations. Within the next few weeks the floors in both locker rooms will be resurfaced in a non-skid tile to address a slipperiness issue.
During the renovation to the locker room floors, the entrance to the facility will be through an emergency exit door by the children’s pool.
The final improvements will include the installation of a dehumidification system.
“The dehumidifier will help control moisture within the aquatics center in addition to decreasing humidity for a more comfortable setting while sitting on the pool deck,” Koren said.
Koren expects the facility to remain open during the renovations leading up to the final project.
“Around February or March of 2015, the Aquatic Center will be closed for a few weeks as the dehumidifier project comes to a close,” Koren said.
The facility may be closed for about three weeks during that time.