City of Saskatoon acts decisively to improve Shaw Centre


SASKATOON – Swimming Canada applauds Saskatoon city council’s decision to approve $650,000 in improvements to the Shaw Centre’s heating and ventilation systems.

This includes a $475,000 upgrade to the facility’s air handling system and a $125,000 addition of a new 70-ton chiller. The upgrades were necessary when it became apparent that the Shaw Centre’s ventilation system did not have the capacity to control the air quality when there were major events in the venue.

The city has made a bold step to ensure that when hosting major events, they are ensuring a quality environment for the athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators to allow for peak performance.

“Swimming Canada is excited to see a municipality step up and ensure their facilities are not just adequate, but above standard for hosting major competitions outside their daily operations,” said James Hood, Swimming Canada’s senior manager, events and domestic operations. “These important infrastructure upgrades support the need to provide a healthy environment for competitive participants, from high-level athletes to officials to spectators.”

While there were no humidity or air quality issues under the usual everyday operations of the facility, problems emerged at events such as last year’s 2013 Speedo Western Canadian Swimming Championships.

Upgrade work begins next month with a completion date for the bulk of the work on June 5 and a final commissioning prior to July 1 in order to meet the needs for the 2014 Canadian Swimming Championships July 16-19.

The Shaw Centre is a state-of-the-art aquatic and fitness facility that opened in 2009. It includes a 10-lane Olympic pool and a diving facility, a 750-seat spectator area, a six-lane 25-metre warm-up pool, a family pool and numerous other fitness and multiple purpose areas.

Scott Harrigan
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