The 31-year-old town-owned Percy Walker Pool on St. George Street is in good condition overall, however, for it to last another 30 years, it will need approximately $1.1 million in repairs and renovations, according to a consultant's report announced Monday. The 31-year-old town-owned Percy Walker Pool on St. George Street is in good condition overall, however, for it to last another 30 years, it will need approximately $1.1 million in repairs and renovations, according to a consultant's report announced Monday.
consultant, Dan Meus, of the architectural company Graham and Meus of
Boston, was hired to perform a conditions assessment of the pool after
Annual Town Meeting 2006 approved $15,000 for this report. Town Meeting
also supported creating a long-range planning committee to develop a
master plan of improvements for the building, which was given to the
town by anonymous donors in 1976.
Meus was enthusiastic about Duxbury's only public indoor pool, which is used by over 110,000 people annually.
"It's a great building," said Meus. "It just needs modernizing, updating and repairs."
exterior of the pool received high marks from Meus. His report said it
was an "excellent example of the modern architectural style," and was
designed by Johnson Hotvedt Associates, who also designed the Science
Museum in Boston. Meus rated the pool's foundation, superstructure and
roof construction as "good". The building's exterior envelope earned an
overall "good" rating, however, exterior doors, windows and the roof
needed replacement, he said.
Inside the pool was a different
story. While there were some areas that received high marks, such as
the tile floors and walls and the pool's structure - with no leaks or
missing tiles - and its water quality, Meus found fault with most
areas. Many important aspects of the pool's mechanical systems are
badly corroding. Meus showed pictures of corrosion on the electrical
panel, on radiators and ductwork and around the outdated electrical
transformer. He said all the electrical systems are rusting as are the
"It's bad," Meus said of the heating/ventilation and electrical systems.
building's entire heating system is in need of replacement, said Meus,
who also recommended replacing the pool's main pump motors, which need
frequent repair to keep them running well.
and updating will be an appropriate investment in extending the life of
the building for another 25-30 years," stated Meus in the report.
the pool without making any changes to it would cost $1.06 million.
This figure includes new exterior windows and doors, a new roof, new
interior doors and partitions, as well as all new plumbing, heating,
cooling, fire protection and electrical systems. The pool would get a
complete makeover as the floors and walls would be painted and repaired
and new lighting would be installed. A new pool motor would also be
However, under this renovation plan nothing would be
done to the outdated locker rooms. One issue the pool committee has
stressed is the need for family changing rooms. In his report, Meus
showed a second proposal that would completely renovate the locker
rooms to include two family changing rooms, which would have a sink,
toilet and shower in one enclosed room with direct access to the pool.
The locker rooms would be receive a "gut renovation, including new
walls, finishes and lighting," stated the report.
Plans for the
new locker rooms show the placement of the men's and women's lockers
switching sides of the building, with the men's on the right side. The
"gang showers" in each locker room would be replaced with seven
individual stall showers and each locker room would have adequate
toilets and changing areas.
The cost of the new locker rooms and
a new bank of windows on the south side of the pool would be $630,270,
making the entire renovation and upgrade project total almost $1.7
Selectmen were pleased with the Meus' report.
Selectmen Chairman Andre Martecchini,
who regularly uses the pool, called the report "a good start" and said
the next step would be to submit an article for the Annual Town Meeting
in March 2008 to fund design costs.
Selectman John Witten
wondered if the town could use Community Preservation Act funds to pay
for the pool renovations. The other selectmen did not think this was
possible, but agreed to ask Duxbury's town counsel for a legal opinion
on it. Recreation Director Gordon Cushing, who was supportive of the
report, said he had heard that there might be proposed changes to the
Community Preservation Act to allow projects like the pool upgrades to
be funded with CPA money.
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