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COMMUNITY CELEBRATES AND SUPPORTS ROCK THE WAVES

Celebrations were a huge success at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre this weekend.

The community showed their support for Rock the Waves, contributing nearly $2,000 through Patsy’s Place bbq, Jugo Juice smoothies and the dunk tank.

Over 3,000 people attended the two-day community celebration and open  house and enjoyed a free swim at the Jayman BUILT Aquatic Centre, tours  and activities in the Fireside of Cochrane Fitness Centre, drop-in  classes, sports demos activities inside and outside the facility.

The dunk tank was a popular feature, attracting participants from  across the community including the mayor, members of Council, local  media and business owners, and RCMP and Fire staff; everyone got dunked a  number of times.

The Jayman BUILT Aquatic Centre welcomed an estimated 20,000 visitors in August in total.

WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE DUNK TANK?

Want to dunk someone? Organizers of the community celebration and open house at Cochrane’s new aquatic and curling/multi-sport centre want your nominations for the dunk tank!

The dunk tank is part of the weekend of free family activities to celebrate all the programs and activities at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, including the Jayman BUILT Aquatic Centre and Fireside of Cochrane Fitness Centre.

“A dunk tank is a huge part of an event like this,” says Robin Mitchell, general manager of Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. “We’ve got the mayor, firefighters, news personalities and local business owners on the schedule, but there’s room for more.”

The entire community is invited to a celebration of the whole sports centre facility on Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10. It’s a special weekend to get in the pool and splash park, try the fitness centre, curling, a class in one of the program rooms, or watch one of the special presentations and performances.

Community members can pay to take a shot at dunk tank participants during the weekend event: three balls for $5 or seven balls for $10. All funds raised go to the Rock the Waves campaign to support the new facility.

Rock the Waves fundraising goal is $10.6 million in community contributions and sponsorships, with $4.9 million raised so far.

Other funding for the expansion came from the provincial sources ($22.7 million in approved Municipal Sustainability Initiative), federal programs ($2,330,122 of its federal Gas Tax Fund) and through the support of Cochrane and area residents, generous community organizations, developers, individuals and Rocky View County.

The community celebration and open house runs 11am until 3pm Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10 and has free events for the whole family.

To nominate someone for the dunk tank, tag them on Facebook.com/RocktheWaves or Facebook.com/SLSFSC.

COMMUNITY INVITED TO OPEN HOUSE AND CELEBRATION SEPTEMBER 9-10

Summer vacation is almost over, but the fun in Cochrane never is. The Town of Cochrane and Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre are hosting the biggest party of the year at the aquatic and curling/multi-sport centre.

The entire community is invited to a celebration of the whole sports centre facility on Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10. It’s a special weekend to get in the pool and splash park, try the fitness centre, curling, a class in one of the program rooms, or watch one of the special presentations and performances.

The event runs 11am until 3pm both days and has fun events for the whole family, including:

  • Sponsor presentations
  • Donor wall unveiling
  • Try-a-sport
  • Dunk tank
  • Sports demos (with special guests)
  • Special displays, performances and entertainment
  • Games and activities for all ages
  • Rock the Waves barbeque fundraiser
  • A chance to win great prizes

A few short speeches and special presentations get things rolling Saturday at 11am, and the whole weekend has opportunities to contribute to the Rock the Waves fundraising campaign.

Work began in March 2015 on the $48 million, 150,000 square foot expansion to Cochrane’s Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre.

Project details:

  • Location: 800 Griffin Rd E, Cochrane, Alberta
  • Jayman BUILT Aquatic Centre
    • Eight 25-metre lanes for competitive and lane swimming
    • Two slides
    • Large hot tub
    • Leisure pool with lazy river and wave chamber
    • Warm-water therapy pool
  • Six full curling sheets; three junior curling sheets
  • Fireside of Cochrane Fitness Centre
  • Tenant space
  • Programming space

Rock the Waves fundraising goal is $10.6 million in community contributions and sponsorships, with $4.9 million raised so far.

Other funding came from the provincial sources ($22.7 million in approved Municipal Sustainability Initiative), federal programs ($2,330,122 of its federal Gas Tax Fund) and through the support of Cochrane and area residents, generous community organizations, developers, individuals and Rocky View County.

More details on the September community celebration are on cochrane.ca or slssportscentre.com, including the opportunity to make a nomination for the dunk tank.

COCHRANE’S NEW AQUATIC CENTRE OFFICIALLY OPENS

Cochrane’s much-anticipated aquatic centre officially opened Sunday.

The ribbon was cut by sponsors, elected officials and facility board members followed by community residents enjoying a first splash in the water.

Work began in March 2015 on the $48 million, 150,000 square foot expansion to Cochrane’s Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Portions of the facility opened on a phased basis with the curling, multisport area opening to the public in June, and the fitness area following closely thereafter.

“The Government of Canada is proud to have contributed to the expansion of Cochrane’s Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Sports and recreational infrastructure are integral to building engaged, active, and healthy communities and this investment will help make Cochrane a more sustainable, and inclusive place for residents and families to live, play and work.”

“The Alberta government is committed to making life better for Albertans,” said Municipal Affairs Minister, Shaye Anderson. “Projects such as the Aquatic Centre create jobs, and recreation facilities contribute to our physical and mental health and bring neighbours and families together. We’re proud to have contributed $22.7 million in approved Municipal Sustainability Initiative funding to expand this invaluable community infrastructure.”

The remaining funding was only possible with the support of Cochrane and area residents, generous community organizations, developers, individuals and Rocky View County. Cochrane used $2,330,122 of its federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) allocation toward this project. The Town also launched the Rock the Waves fundraising campaign in summer 2014, which has raised $4.9 million to date.

Representatives from Jayman BUILT Ltd, the name sponsor for the Jayman BUILT Aquatic Centre, and LaVita Land Inc, name sponsor of the Fireside Fitness Centre, attended today’s ceremony.

Cochrane Mayor Ivan Brooker appreciates the contributions of all partners and sponsors. “Our partners, sponsors and supporters of this great facility are a true testament to what a community can build when people work together,” he said.

“We have everything from groups of kids contributing lemonade stand money to Jayman BUILT and LaVita Land supporting major pieces of this project, and partnerships with the Cochrane and District Warm Water Therapy Pool Society and the Cochrane Curling Club helping make this truly a community facility.”

After today’s event, the facility was opened to the general public. A community celebration with free activities is scheduled for September 9-10.

Project details:

* Location: 800 Griffin Rd E, Cochrane, Alberta
* 150,000 square foot addition to existing Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre
* Eight 25-metre lanes for competitive and lane swimming
* Two slides
* Large hot tub
* Leisure pool with lazy river and wave chamber
* Warm-water therapy pool
* Six full curling sheets
* Three junior curling sheets
* Fitness centre
* Tenant space
* Programming space

The Rock the Waves fundraising campaign goal continues to raise $10.6 million in the community in contributions and sponsorships. The campaign has raised over half the campaign goal. Information and contribution forms are on RocktheWaves.ca.

COUNT DOWN TO OPENING DAY WITH GREAT LOCAL PRODUCTS

Local businesses are participating in the countdown to the opening of Cochrane’s new aquatic, curling and multisport centre by offering unique products.

Starting June 1, local businesses will introduce special products or services in support of Rock the Waves, with a portion of proceeds going to the fundraising campaign.

The countdown runs until the new facility officially opens.

Many local businesses have special items planned:

There are also non-food businesses participating:

More are being added all the time. Participating businesses will also be identified by a window poster at their locations.

Any Cochrane business can participate; contact Rebecka Freels at rebecka.freels@cochrane.ca or 403-851-2576.

Rock the Waves’ campaign goal is to raise $10.6 million in the community in contributions and sponsorships

Construction Update: May 30, 2016

Current and past construction activities.

  • Construction of the curling rink is now complete and is currently being wet cured.
  • Hoarding has been erected inside the existing lobby, ceilings have been removed and electrical and plumbing works are being installed within the ceiling space.
  • The large barrel roof over the pool is being insulated and water proofed.
  • External grading of parking lots is underway with concrete curbs about to start.

Look ahead construction activities.

  • The main Lap pool slab is being prepared for concrete.
  • Drywall is being planned to start over the coming weeks.
  • Floor topping in the existing building is due to start towards the end of June.

Cur ling rink concrete pour

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Aquatic lap pool slab with rebar and piping ready for concrete

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Construction Update: April 29, 2016

Current and past construction activities.
The curling rink is now being constructed with the placement of sand and heating pipes.
Masonry walls in the aquatics change rooms are being built and are well underway.
Demolition of Pats café walls and the kid’s ball pit walls are progressing well.
The main lap pool in the aquatics has been graded and being excavated for piping.

Look ahead construction activities.
Main power cable distribution is due to start next week.
External works including final grading and paving is due to start next week.

Curling rink heating pipes installed on sand.

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Aquatic washroom walls being built.

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Construction Update: March 31, 2016

Current and past construction activities.

  • Pool concrete works are still underway.
  • The curling rink ceiling is nearly painted and preparations are being made for the rink slab.
  • Trenching and duct installation for incoming power is underway.
  • The main entrance window frame is nearly complete and glass is now being installed.
  • The aquatics washrooms and change room floor slab is poured and ready for masonry walls.

Look ahead construction activities.

  • The large mechanical unit which supplies air to the aquatics space will be installed early April.
  • Masonry walls to the aquatic washrooms and change rooms will start early April.
  • Ice rink works are being planned with a view to start late April.

Curling rink ceiling paint.

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Front entrance curtain wall frame being installed.

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Construction Update: February 29, 2016

Current and past construction activities:

  • Pool concrete works are underway.
  • The three TIAB units were successfully lifted on to the roof and bolted together.
  • Roofing is progressing well. The large roof over the Curling Rink is due to start.
  • Fire proofing to structural steel elements is underway in Curling.
  • Window frames and glass are being installed in the Curling areas.
  • Painting has started to Curling internal masonry walls.

Look ahead construction activities:

  • Drywall is due to start in Curling within a couple of weeks.
  • Further concrete slabs are being prepared and will be poured over the coming weeks.

TIAB units installed:

TIAB

 

 

Pool concrete underway:

concrete

Cochrane aquatic centre gets Canada’s first self-contained thermal energy plant (plus BONUS behind-the-scenes photos!)

It’s a simple concept that makes Cochrane’s new aquatic and curling/multi-sport centre both innovative and efficient.

Crews installed Canada’s first thermal energy plant in a box (TIAB) by Thermenex at the Cochrane facility this week, marking a major milestone in the $45 million project.

Heating and cooling both take tremendous amounts of energy — in a facility where water needs to be both heated and frozen, thermal energy exchange can be used instead of traditional heating and cooling equipment to make the new facility more sustainable and less expensive to run. Other facilities have thermal exchange units, but Cochrane’s TIAB is Canada’s first prefabricated thermal energy plant in an self-contained, insulated structure installed directly on the roof.

Bonus photos!

Staircase in the new lobby:

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Pool location:
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