February B&G Update: Part 1

During the off season, the board volunteers for Building & Grounds (B&G) have been working hard making behind-the-scenes improvements in the club house and pump house.

While the areas under improvement may rarely be seen by members, the projects are crucial to the keeping our club operating smoothly for decades to come.

In Part 1, we’ll review some of the work in the pump house. In Part 2 (to be posted later), we’ll look at the club house basement.

Pump House

Some of the most interesting projects have taken place in the pump house.

As detailed in the latter portion of the projects completed in 2020, a new garage door was installed, roof repairs were made, and several other clean-up tasks were completed.

Two larger projects, however, were completed after that list was completed.

Decking and Railing

The original metal deck (presumably original from 1967) was at the end of its service life, and it was determined that replacement was necessary before further degradation occurred.

To improve safely, it was also decided that better protection surrounding the surge tank (open water) and lower level was needed. Railing would also be added to the “ship ladder”, which provides access down to the lower level.

Lee Contracting was brought in to survey the site. They ultimately provided the design, fabrication and installation of all new and refurbished materials. The metal deck was replaced with yellow fiberglass, which provides:

  • Excellent durability against exposure to moisture and corrosive chemicals.
  • Improved airflow (and light) to the lower level.
  • The ability to see through to the operations below – important for the surge tank.

Instead of replacing the old railing around the surge tank, it was determined that the floor should extend over the surge tank. This would be cost effective, safe, and would maximize the space within the pump house. A pull-up access hatch was added (outlined in black) for maintenance to the tank.

The ship ladder was removed and fully refurbished. The fabrication group added a handrail for safe passage to the lower level. A locking gate and railing were installed adjacent to the stairs to prevent accidental falls to the lower level. All metal surfaces were hot-dip galvanized for long-term resistance to corrosion and rust. A removable fiberglass grate over the end portion of the stairs provides a platform for boiler maintenance.

The improvements to the pump house ensure that all staff and members are able to perform regular duties in a safe environment.

Piping

The piping in the pump house was in need of replacement for many reasons. The condition, past materials used, and method in which the pipes were secured were all less than optimal. At least one expert identified the pump house piping as the one thing “that would keep them up at night”, when asked.

Lee Contracting was also hired for pipe fitting. A large portion of the existing 6″ patchwork PVC was replaced with new, stronger Schedule 80 pipe, properly secured, and all associated fixtures and mounts were replaced. Issues with a prior installation of copper pipe were corrected. New flanges and a butterfly valve (for water diversion to the boiler) were installed. Loose-hanging black pipes (slide water feeds) were replaced with properly secured copper pipe. A new stainless steel water pump for the slides replaced the old cast iron model.

The water feed to the surge tank was replaced with all new piping, providing both automatic and manual fill options. An eye wash station was installed and connected. The eye wash station is a crucial safety item, given the regular handling of corrosive chemicals for pool water maintenance.

Finally, a new sump pump was installed to replace the 15+ year old unit still in service (beginning to show signs of failure).

In review, the pipe work corrected numerous issues with the prior installation. It fixed leaks and reduced the likelihood of future failures. We expect the work performed to last for decades without the need for significant maintenance.

What’s Next

There are still a handful of minor projects for the pump house that will be completed this spring:

  • A thorough cleaning, once city water is available.
  • New shelving for chemical storage, as needed.
  • Miscellaneous electrical work.
  • Labeling of all pipes, to identify purpose and flow direction.
  • Improved installation of the Chemtrol PC-2100, to be more accessible for the operator.
  • Installation of a new thermowell (for temperature sensing), a paddle wheel flow meter, pressure sensors and a depth sensor for enhanced monitoring. This will be detailed in a separate article, later.

Learn More

B&G was heavily involved in the entire process to ensure. During the review, the entire pump house was analyzed and brought into a set of Process Flow Diagrams, available on the FFSC Wiki.

Questions? Reach out to B&G via the Contact Us page.

We’re considering offering tours of the overhauled pump house this summer. Stay tuned for further details.