Richmond Swim Center renovations to begin next month

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Renovations of the Richmond Swim Center will begin next month after a $7.5 million contract was awarded Wednesday.

The plans are moving along swimmingly.

Extensive renovations of the Richmond Swim Center will begin next month after a $7.5 million contract was awarded to Arntz Builders on Wednesday.

The Novato-based contractor is expected to complete work on the pool facility at Kennedy High School in June of next year, Councilman Tom Butt reported in his e-forum Thursday.

The renovations will include significant roof work, improved lighting, a new air conditioning system as well as “substantial reconfiguration of the existing swimming pool,” according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District, which helped fund the improvements.

Along with general wear and tear, the swim center, which was constructed in the early 1990s, suffered from moisture damage related to an imbalance in the water temperature and the air conditioning system, Butt said.

In a letter to the city of Richmond, School Board President Charles Ramsey stated the swim center improvements will last 50 years.

“I am pleased that this helps bring a new recreational facility to the City of Richmond and that this pool joins the Richmond Plunge as a new place for all of Richmond residents to use,” Ramsey said.

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