Mar 27, 2014
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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.


  1. Hello, I’d like to know if there’s an update on the completion date of the renovations at the swim center. Thanks for any info you can provide.

    Debbie McClellan | Jun 20th, 2015

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.