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May 13, 2014

GT Bay YMCA opening delayed

TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan’s cold and wet winter pushed the expected opening of the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA’s new location back to August — and the facility’s pools likely will take a month beyond that to complete.

YMCA officials late last year said they expected the new Silver Lake Road facility to open this spring. Y Board of Directors Chair Lynn Schultz said winter weather chilled the pace of construction, but officials remain excited to get the new facility’s doors open this summer, despite the delays.

“People we’ve been able to take in for a tour — even I — couldn’t imagine how beautiful it is,” Schultz said. “It’s just going to be such a gem for the community.”

Schultz said seasonal weight restrictions on local roads, which remained in effect until May 5, recently limited material and supply deliveries to the Y’s construction site.

Project manager John Galnares, of Spence Brothers Construction, said excessive precipitation was an even bigger problem. It prevented work crews from laying down a vapor barrier on the pools’ roofs that will increase the facilities’ useful lives by decreasing the corrosion that often plagues indoor pool environments.

“That vapor barrier needs the right conditions for us to get it down,” Galnares said. “It really caused havoc for us to get the roof on the pool.”

The new Y will include two swimming pools upon its completion — one competitive eight-lane swimming pool and a second, smaller training and recreation pool.

Work crews laid drainage pipes on Monday afternoon in a massive hole that will become the competitive pool. The training pool’s construction is further along. Galnares said he expects workers to begin tiling the bottom and sides of that pool this week or next.

The $17-million recreation center also includes a 10,000-square-foot health and fitness center, and six indoor tennis courts.

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