Iqaluit city council approves $30M pool design
'The fact of the matter is we can't afford it. We won't be able to afford it for a very long time.'
Iqaluit City Council approved the final design plans for a new aquatic centre last night.
A presentation by Stantec, the firm hired to produce the plans, included everything from tiles and colour schemes to the design of the roof to minimize snow buildup.
Stantec's Josh Armstrong said one of the biggest decisions was to go with rock-socketed piles.
The presentation to city councillors also highlighted the building's accessibility. It includes different tactile surfaces for the visually impaired and special walls to allow people with mobility problems to lower themselves into a pool.
The city says about $2 million has already been spent on consultants and the design phase.
Councillor Kenny Bell has his doubts.
“The fact of the matter is we can't afford it,” Bell said. “We won't be able to afford it for a very long time. It's way too expensive.”
Now that the design plans are approved, it's expected the project will be out for tender in the new year, and piles could be going into the ground in April.