Construction Delays Push Expected Pool Opening to Mid-July

In his May 14th update, City of Austin Shipe Pool Project Manager Reynaldo Hernandez shared a revised timeline for the completion of the new pool and pool facilities at Shipe Park.  Because of recent rains and the late delivery of some construction materials, his current estimate is that Shipe Pool will be complete and open sometime in mid-July this year.

“The recent rains coupled with the delay in receipt of the glazed tile to be used in the interior of the bathhouse has caused a delay on the substantial completion date for the facility. G. Hyatt [the pool contractor] has communicated to the City of Austin that substantial completion will occur in late June. Substantial completion will allow the Aquatic Division to prepare the use of the new pool facility which includes life guard training and other safety procedures and allow for required inspections. The delay in substantial completion will delay the opening of the pool to the public to mid-July 2019.”

Unfortunate but not altogether unexpected delays like this are bad news for neighbors eager for the pool to be open to the public during the summer season. Given the complexity of the construction efforts and factors, like inclement weather, that are impossible to control, the city Parks and Recreation staff will share further updates as needed. We are aware that all hoping that the construction and inspection process goes forward without further delays and that the neighborhood will get to enjoy the new pool this summer!

Shipe Pool Construction May 2019.jpg

Completed building forms with insulation attached, prepared for limestone finish. Pool coping completed along with tile at pool water line.

The full text from the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department Shipe Neighborhood Pool Project Update report follows:

May 14, 2019
Project Status:
Late April and early May, brought forth the bathhouse structures and the prepping for the horizontal flat work to the site. All of the pool coping and water line tile was installed and plumbing and electrical work continues to be installed in the facility structures.

The pool work is being done by G. Hyatt sub-consultant Modern Pools. G. Hyatt is represented by Justin Hyatt and Kevin Cole the site superintendent. The City of Austin (COA) is represented by Sergio Altamirano who is the Public Works Project Manager and Reynaldo Hernandez, the Parks and Recreation Project Management Supervisor. Jodi Jay will represent the Aquatic Division along with Aquatic Supervisor Aaron Levin for the Parks and Recreation Department. The existing art mural continues to be monitored by representative Frank Wick from Art in Public Places (AIPP).

Project Schedule:
Mid-May to early June 2019, limestone block installation to face of buildings will continue until completion. The forming and pouring of the concrete retaining walls and seat walls will begin including the installation of the shade structure foundations. The recent rains coupled with the delay in receipt of the glazed tile to be used in the interior of the bathhouse has caused a delay on the substantial completion date for the facility. G. Hyatt has communicated to the City of Austin that substantial completion will occur in late June. Substantial completion will allow the Aquatic Division to prepare the use of the new pool facility which includes life guard training and other safety procedures and allow for required inspections. The delay in substantial completion will delay the opening of the pool to the public to mid-July 2019.

Potential Construction Effects on Community:
There are two active construction entrances for the facility, one is along Ave. F and along E. 44th. Street. Construction access will occur intermittently throughout the construction of the facility, including on most Saturday’s. The contractor has been instructed to have all construction employees park on Ave. G between 45th and 44th Streets. Construction start time will typically begin at 7am and last to 6pm. The majority of the existing play ground will be accessible to the public during the construction of the pool facility for the month of January. Please be aware that there will be excessive noise and dust while the facility is under construction and this may effect public use and enjoyment of the park site

Additional Information:
If you should have further questions or comments please contact Reynaldo Hernandez at Reynaldo.hernandez@austintexas.gov or by calling 512-974-9464.

 

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