Construction of the City of Richmond’s new Minoru Complex passed a significant milestone last week with the pouring of the final section of the building’s main concrete raft slab. This new facility will replace and expand the functions of the existing Minoru Aquatic Centre and Minoru Place Activity Centre (Seniors Centre), as well as the former Minoru Pavilion.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone in the construction of this new facility in the centre of the City that promises to be the hub of Richmond’s recreational, sport, cultural and social life,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who was joined by several members of council to participate in the final slab pouring on Wednesday, April 27, “We are looking forward to experiencing all the Minoru Complex has to offer when construction is completed in late 2017.”
Following the completion of the detailed design for the new facility, construction on the raft slab began in March. The raft slab underneath the aquatics and seniors areas was poured in stages through March and the beginning of April. The remaining slab that was completed on Wednesday includes the facility’s change room area, main entrance, field team rooms on the north end, aquatic classroom and access to the concession off the main lobby. The final pour required 75 trucks and two concrete pumps pouring 750 cubic metres of concrete.
The next phase of work is the vertical concrete work for perimeter walls, pool walls and the second floor of the facility which will house the fitness centre, group fitness spaces and seniors’ multipurpose spaces. It is expected that this next phase will take roughly five months.
The new Minoru Complex replaces aging facilities that no longer meet the needs of the growing community. Project updates and site images will continue to be posted on the project website at www.yourminoru.ca, as well as shared on the Your Minoru Facebook and Instagram feeds.