|Swimmers and visitors at the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center are breathing a bit easier—and healthier—due to a just-completed improvement project funded entirely through donations.|
This week, Jeanne Lucht of the Remington Foundation presented a $100,000 donation, completing a project to replace the costly and obsolete air handling equipment at the indoor pool complex.
“The main purpose of the new air handlers will be to reduce utility costs and help prolong our current equipment,” Jeff Neufeld, aquatic center director, said. “It will also improve air quality in the pool rooms for patrons and employees by removing the smell of chlorine and creating a more inviting environment for all.”
Neufeld explained that the new units get their supply of air from the surface of the water, whisking away the common indoor pool chemical smells. They will also allow recirculation regardless of temperature, bringing in fresh air on the coldest winter day.
The original air handling units were just 10 years old, but were overcome by technological advances, Neufeld said, making them obsolete, with parts increasingly difficult to obtain.
“They were nickel and diming us on maintenance,” he said. ‘Technology just took over.”
Total project cost exceeded $553,000, he said.
Jeanne Lucht, center, of the Remington Foundation, presents the donation for the new air handling equipment for the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center to Dr. John McKenna. Also pictured, from left, are Michelle Arlen, aquatic center board member, Jeff Neufeld, aquatic center director, and Matt Shinners and Maureen Winter, aquatic center board members. They are standing in front of the complex, with the new air handling equipment visible on the roof.