More than two years after breaking ground in Coquitlam to build the Bettie Allard YMCA, we’ve entered the final stretch of construction on our newest, state-of-the-art Centre of Community. It’s been exciting to see how the 55,000-square-foot facility is taking shape, especially with the recent installation of many features that will best serve the needs of the community.
Since we last provided an update on construction last fall, plenty of work has been completed and the interior is starting to resemble a place that will be bustling with activity in just a matter of months.
As we’ve progressed through the winter and spring, structural steel work on the building has been completed, while crews have also wrapped up work on the roof and building envelope. Now, contractors are moving forward with fit-out of the building’s interior.
The gymnasium’s wood floor has been laid down and installation is underway for the surface of the running track. Drywall, painting and flooring elsewhere in the building is also in progress and millwork is being prepared for placement.
Pool waterproofing is taking place in early July, which will allow us to fill the pool tank for the first time and test its waterproofing shortly after. Once that step is complete, teams can then move forward with tiling of the pool, deck area and change rooms later in the month.
Construction crews making progress on the Bettie Allard YMCA pool.
In the meantime, we’ve been preparing to outfit fitness areas by ordering fixtures and equipment, which will begin arriving at the facility as it gets closer to completion. Plenty more finishing touches will be made in the weeks to come.
It won’t be long until we can welcome the community to experience Bettie Allard YMCA and its inviting, safe and accessible spaces.
We especially can’t wait to share the excitement of a grand opening this fall with the What Really Matters donors and volunteers who have been instrumental in bringing this fantastic amenity to the Tri-Cities.