Wednesday, December 27, 2006

YMCA building on schedule


By EXPRESS STAFF
Express Staff Writer

Construction on the Wood River Community YMCA continues on schedule. The recreational facility is being built at the corner of Warm Springs and Saddle roads in Ketchum. The expected date of completion is fall of 2007. Photo by Willy Cook

Construction is continuing into the winter months on the Wood River Community YMCA, with the scheduled completion still set for next fall.

More than 50 subcontractors are working on the 84,000-square-foot recreational facility at the corner of Warm Springs and Saddle roads in Ketchum.

The current construction includes the completion of all masonry block walls by the end of the month, followed by the erection of structural steel and plumbing and electrical work. At the completion of the steel work, possibly in February, the building will be roofed and enclosed to allow for the interior work to begin.

At the southern end of the building is the natatorium that will include a lap pool, a leisure pool with waterslide and a lazy river, and a spa.

The construction of these pools requires a minimum temperature of 50 degrees before construction can begin in late February, so that portion of the building must be completely enclosed and heated.

Construction of the project began in June and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2007.

A special $250,000 fund-raising effort, called the Human Challenge, is under way as part of the capital campaign.

All donors to the YMCA's capital campaign will be recognized on the donor recognition wall that will be permanently located inside the YMCA's lobby.

Ketchum voters in 2004 approved a city proposal to lease to the YMCA approximately one-quarter of the city-owned Park and Ride lot.

The YMCA will pay $1 per year over the 99-year lease period.

The city bought the lot in 1989 through a voter-approved general obligation bond.




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