NDCC Aquatic Centre Renewal Project


October 20, 2016

  • Today marked the grand reopening of the pool at the Nelson and District Community Complex. Thank you to Government of Canada, the Province of BC and UBCM for their tremendous financial support. Thank you to the elected officials, staff and contractors who made this important project happen. And to our public: thank you for your patience during this project. Welcome back to your pool!

October 13, 2016

  • The Aquatic Centre is really coming together! The new springboard has been installed in the lap pool; lighting and acoustic treatments have been installed in the leisure pool; water toys have been installed in the teach pool.


October 5, 2016

  • The main pool tank is being filled and mechanical systems are being brought on board. Cardio equipment has been moved back into the Fitness Centre. New windows and flooring have been installed with remaining work to be completed in the coming weeks.


September 15, 2016

  • Crews have started work on the new steam room and are laying tiles in the hot tub.


September 14, 2016

  • Crews have begun prepping hot tub area for tiling. Tiling on the pool deck and surrounding walls is nearing completion.


August 31, 2016

  • Crews are progressing with tiling work in the teach pool and on the pool deck.


August 18, 2016

  • With the Aquatic Centre re-opening on October 17, crews continue with tiling the pool basin and have started tiling the pool deck. On Tuesday, a giant crane was brought in to hoist a new 30,000 pound air handling unit onto the roof.



August 15, 2016

  • Tiling continues in the teach pool.

 August 08, 2016

  • Crews have begun work tiling the teach pool.


August 03, 2016

  • Lights have been installed in the lap pool and grouting work continues.

July 28, 2016

  • Grouting work on the tiles in the lap pool are under way.


July 25, 2016

  • Crews have done further work tiling the deep end of the lap pool walls and basin.


July 21, 2016

  • Tiling of the lap pool basin is well under way.


July 18, 2016

  • Over the weekend crews made progress on tiling the deep end of the lap pool.


 July 15, 2016

  • Tiling on the deep end of the lap pool walls has begun!

February 24, 2016

  • New pool gutter construction is 90% complete.
  • New pool piping has started and LED pool lighting has been installed.
  • Heat Recovery system is being developed.
  • Foundation work on diving platform has started.
  • Work in the fitness area for improved air circulation in the Leisure Pool will be occurring in late Spring. 

January 25, 2016

  • Cast-in-place concrete work is ongoing with 50% of the structural pilasters, new gutter and pool walls to be poured by the end of January.
  • Tile removal is 100% complete.
  • The pool deck tile design has been completed.
  • Coordination of the trades is going very well—mechanical and electrical trade work is ongoing with rough-ins nearing completion.

November 5, 2015

  • Work is steadily progressing on the pool project. 
  • The bulkhead has been removed and the resulting rubble is scheduled to be removed this week. 
  • Approximately 35% of the pool gutter has been removed. This part of the project is expected to be complete the week of November 16.
  • Tender drawing and documents have been released. The closure date has been set for November 19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated February 12, 2016


When will the NDCC aquatic centre reopen?
Renovations began October 1 and are expected to take 11 months to complete. The project schedule will be updated and shared publicly as it becomes available. A precise reopening date will be announced in the later stages of construction.

During project construction, what areas of the NDCC are closed and what areas remain open?
The arena, fitness area, meeting rooms and offices will remain open throughout the duration of the project. The entire aquatic centre will be closed. This includes the leisure, lap and teaching pools, steam room, whirlpool and sauna. The pool change rooms will be closed intermittently during the shutdown.

Why is the RDCK renovating the NDCC aquatic centre?
The Nelson and District Aquatic Centre was a modern facility when it was built in 1972 but pool and mechanical systems are now well past their expected service life. The RDCK needs to complete critical upgrades to the pool area as well as to mechanical, electrical and chemical loading systems to extend the life of aquatic centre into the coming decades.

Who has been hired to complete the project?
The RDCK has hired Unitech Construction Management Ltd. to manage all construction services related to the Nelson and District Community Complex upgrades. Unitech will in turn hire construction trades through a competitive bidding process to complete each distinct aspect of the project. Unitech will work closely with the RDCK on all aspects of the project.

Upgrades and Renovations

What specific renovations are planned for the NDCC pool area?
Renovations will include:

  • new deck, gutters, tank and deck tiles and water proofing membranes
  • new underwater lighting
  • a relocated lifeguard station for better staff access and supervision
  • new sauna and storage
  • new wall finishes
  • new mechanical systems and heat recovery
  • replacement of electrical panels and equipment
  • building envelope repairs
  • renewal of change areas including lockers, fixtures mechanical/chemical rooms with loading lift
  • improved pool access into the shallow end and a new bulkhead with a gate opening to the main pool
  • a new 2.7 metre dive platform
  • a recontoured dive tank and new pool drains to meet current aquatic safety standards

Why not just build a new facility instead of doing all these upgrades?
The Recreation Commission and staff have sought professional advice to identify a longer term course of action between pool renovation and building new. Investigation into the structural condition of the building and facilities show that the pool structure is viable for some time yet. It makes economic, environmental and practical sense to prolong the life of the well-functioning facility we already have rather than spending many millions more on a new facility.


What is the budget for the renovation and upgrades?
The total project budget including all planning, design, construction management and renovations is $5.32 million.

The district will be making additional strategic funding decisions to enhance the project, such as installing heat recovery, to help ensure the long term viability of the NDCC Aquatic Centre and will contribute to the district’s financial reserves to ensure that the service is viable over the long term.

Thank you for your patience.
The RDCK will continue to provide regular updates.

The content on this page was last updated October 26 2016 at 3:31 PM