DFC Campus Improvement Project

September 2013 Highlights (+)

  • The locker rooms are gutted and the clubhouse is prepped for demolition.
  • The spiral slide is removed and stored off-site. The slide and both diving boards will be reinstalled with the new renovation.
  • The clubhouse is demolished to make way for the new and expanded clubhouse and courtyard.
  • It only took 45 minutes to knock the entire clubhouse down!
  • Clearing the old snack bar and the wading pool.
  • The main pool is prepped and ready for the new shallow-end expansion to be dug out.
  • The new shallow-end expansion will double the amount of 2-3 foot swimming area.
  • The lap pool fences and deck are removed to make way for the addition of the second lap pool.
  • The 'A' courts are removed to make way for the lap pool addition and the new lawn area.
  • The second lap pool is dug out and ready for stone, rebar, and concrete.
  • The first footings are poured in the new clubhouse.
  • A view of the basement area that will sit under the new fitness room. The basement will house the building's mechanical room, as well as storage for club equipment.
  • Foundation walls are constructed in the basement.
  • An aerial shot from September 15th. Moving clockwise from the upper left corner, you can see the clearing for the upper retention basin, the clearing for the parking lot expansion, and the clearings for the main pool and clubhouse/courtyard expansions.
  • A picture of the club on October 3rd, with an inset picture from September 3rd. Almost everything standing has been taken down .... now it's time to build!
     

October 2013 Highlights (+)

  • October was about pouring concrete and building block walls. In this photo, concrete is being poured for the main pool pump house footings.
  • Footings for the main level of the clubhouse are shaped and ready for concrete.
  • The job site is tight in many places, so improvisation is needed when the concrete truck can't get to where you need to pour.
  • The new wading pool is beginning to take form. This pool will have beach entry and water sprayers, and will sure to be a hit with toddlers and parents, alike.
  • Rebar and stone are set in the main pool's shallow-end expansion so that the concrete can be poured.
  • Concrete is poured for the shallow-end expansion of the main pool.
  • The new lap pool is formed with shotcrete, which is a technique where the concrete mix is conveyed through a hose and pneumatically projected at high velocity onto the walls and floor. The shotcrete concrete mix has lower water content, so it sets faster and is able to be shaped within minutes.
  • The middle load-bearing wall for the basement is beginning to take shape.
  • A mason sets block along the basement wall. Most of the clubhouse siding is cedar planks, but it'll be accented by this smooth faced decoritive block, as well.
  • The north facing wall of the basement is nearing completion.
  • A concrete pumper truck pours the concrete for the basement floor.
  • The concrete floor for the main pool pump house is poured. The bulk of the pump house will be for the filtration equipment, but there will also be two family restrooms on the north end near the wading pool and shallow end of the main pool.
  • The site is cleared behind the 'E' courts and the basketball courts. This is where the new hard courts, future tennis courts, and lower water retention basin are located.
  • While this appears to be the beginning of the grading for the hard courts, it's actually a mining operation for clay soil to be used down on the lower retention basin's dam (where the orange dozer sits in the distance). A specific clay mixture is needed for maintaining the integrity of the basin walls, so we have been mining for it at different places on the site and transporting it down.
  • This aerial shot from October 15th gives a great perspective of the size and magnitude of all that is going on.
     

November 2013 Highlights (+)

  • By November, the major demolition and site preparation portions of the project are now over and all energy is focused on building up and out of the ground.
  • A pumper truck is used to lay the concrete slab for the clubhouse.
  • Steel beams are welded together near what will be the entrance to the clubhouse.
  • A crane lowers steel support beams for the clubhouse circulation spine. This picture begins to give you an idea of the scale and size of the vaulted ceilings and entrance canopy.
  • The fitness room floor is nearing completion. This picture gives you an idea of the floor elevation and the view of the forest out over the picnic shelter.
  • With the floor slab and steel support beams in place, the framers begin to build the walls and roof. By the end of the month, the bulk of the clubhouse should be framed and nearly dried-in.
  • Unloading storm water drainage pipes. One feature of this project is an extensive underground storm drainage system that captures storm water runoff and re-directs it to one of two detention basins being built on site. Theses dry-basins are designed to temporarily hold water after a storm, and then slowly reintroduce it to the environment, thus helping prevent flooding and downstream erosion, and improving water quality.
  • Surprisingly, much of the DFC site does not consist of clay soil. However, the area under the old 'A' tennis courts is a heavy clay deposit and was mined for use in the walls of the water detention basins.
  • Pouring the concrete for the stairs to the Main Pool.
  • The second entrance to the Main Pool will be this ADA compliant ramp.
  • The main pool pump house is framed and dried-in. From this view, you can see the upper windows, the two doors to the restrooms, and the main door to the equipment room.
  • The main drains in the deep end of the main pool are completely redone. The original drains had a significant leak that lead to considerable erosion under the old pumphouse.
  • The southern basketball court is cleared away to make room for the new sewer line. This will also be the location of the new playground.
  • The new sewer line is being installed. The new sewer line originates behind the main pool, continues down the parking lot, around the clubhouse, under the new playground (this view), and then connects with the existing line behind the LeBar building.
  • In addition to the new sewer line coming in from the west, we have new water and gas lines coming in from the east.
     

December 2013 Highlights (+)

  • Much of the month of December was dedicated to installing new underground utilities. This view from the DFC office trailer shows the sewer line and storm water lines being installed across the parking lot.
  • A new water line and a natural gas line are run from the intersection of 751 & Science Drive all the way down to the new clubhouse.
  • Sandblasting the lap pool to remove old paint. The next step will be installing water line tiles and then plastering..
  • Water line tiles are completed in the new lap pool. All the pools will have dark royal blue water line and lane line tiles.
  • The main drains are replaced and replumbed in the main pool.
  • Concrete is poured and troweled for the entrance ramp to the main pool.
  • The cedar siding on all of the buildings (main pool pump house, lap pool pump house, and the clubhouse) will be sealed with a light colored semi-transparent stain that will capture the natural grain and beauty of the wood.
  • Now that the concrete floor and steel beams are in place, the framers are given the green light to start building walls and roof.
  • In just over a day, the framers have almost completed the southern wall. Within a couple of weeks, we’ll have a recognizable building!
  • A roof truss is lowered down onto the fitness room.
  • From this perspective, you can begin to appreciate the size and scale of the new fitness room and the large windows on the north side.
  • This view is from inside the new fitness room looking out through the window openings. Users of the treadmills and ellipticals lined up against this wall will have a great view of the forest to the north and west.
  • The outer most steel column for the circulation spine is lowered into place.
  • The column's anchor bolts are adjusted to be sure the steel structure is level and straight.
  • The south wall of the clubhouse is complete, and the framers are beginning to move northward toward the new fitness center. Over the next couple of weeks the trellis and courtyard will begin to take shape.
     

January/February 2014 Highlights (+)

  • Wintery precipitation was not our friend this year. Despite the record breaking cold weather, the building and pool construction maintained on schedule.
  • Due to the heavy winter rains, the contractors had to get creative in finding dry work space. Here the picnic shelter is converted to a staging area for staining and prepping the cedar siding.
  • The storm drains are installed behind the pad for the new hard courts.
  • Blue insulation board is applied to the exterior of the clubhouse.
  • The first of the sidewalks are poured. This one runs along the new section of parking lot being added to the north side of the club.
  • Masons work on a Duke Stone seating wall that runs along the front of the clubhouse.
  • Fire sprinkler pipes are set in the ceilings. This one runs along the south wall of the fitness center.
  • The fitness center is temporarily converted to a staging and painting area for the exterior soffit boards of the clubhouse.
  • A view from the south of the new clubhouse. Going from left to right, you have the men's locker room, the women's locker room, snack bar, game room, and finally the admin offices.
  • A view into the new game room from the circulation spine.
  • Trellises will line the southern edge of the building along the patio.
  • The lap pools are tiled and ready for the deck to be poured.
  • The steel frame work for the entryway and circulation spine give you a good idea of the scale of the new clubhouse.
  • The HVAC units are placed on the clubhouse roof.
  • A period of good weather allows the ground to dry enough to get the lap pool decks poured.