From the ground downNow that Canton's old pool is out, the real work can begin
CANTON — Town officials are collectively exhaling.
There were a lot of unknowns going into the swimming pool demolition, but now that the old pool is out of the ground, everyone involved in the project is feeling even more optimistic.
The demolition and the laying of the new pool’s footprint was completed last Friday, and the crews ran into no hurdles, including the expected one of a large black hole beneath the pool caused by years of water leaks that could have washed the soil away.
“That’s very good news,” Town Manager Seth Hendler-Voss said. “We were expecting to hit some very soft soil where the ground would sink. We didn’t encounter that.”
Project Superintendent Eddie Bryant said oftentimes the radar equipment used to measure subsurface voids are not as accurate as people like to think.
“We didn’t see anything unexpected,” he said. “In fact, the voids they talked about, we didn’t find any.”
The lack of soil voids beneath the pool will provide savings in the project cost since soil remediation was factored into the budget and a portion of the contingency was expected to be used on this expense.
Although the expected voids were conspicuously absent, Project Manager Jacob Benson did note that there was one minor surprise encountered during the demolition.
“At some point they put another pool line in,” he said. “But we still made short work of the demo.”
Benson also noted that although there are no voids noticeable right now, there is a chance the soil could be compacted over a void, and a sinkhole could develop. If there were to be a void underneath the soil, the town would need to use some of the money allocated for soil remediation.
“Until soil engineers do their report, we won’t really know,” he said.
The soil engineer will visit the site this week, and if the ground meets the minimum load bearing requirement — which Bryant and Benson said is relatively low — the rest of the week will be spent installing under drain and laying fill dirt to make sure the site is level.
After finishing the demolition and laying out the pool footprint last Friday, the earlier parts of this week were spent conducting various inspections and completing site preparations.
Hendler-Voss has been working on planning capitol improvement projects throughout his career, and he said the contractor has exceeded all expectations.
“I want to compliment the contractor for mobilizing so quickly” Hendler-Voss said. “It shows their commitment to getting this project done.”
Construction on the pool itself is expected to begin Monday.