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July 3, 2014

Test results show pool good to go

TAHLEQUAH — Test results show the compressive strength of concrete at the new city pool exceeds contract requirements, city officials said Wednesday.

Last month, city councilors were told initial testing suggested the pool had a compressive strength of less than 3,500 pounds per square inch, though contract specifications require a minimum of 4,000 PSI.

Jim Crosby, of Planning Design Group, suggested the initial test may have been flawed because of the procedure used to collect and store the gunite samples earlier this year.

Tahlequah Recreation Director Melissa Harris and Building Inspector Mark Secratt will ask the council on Monday to proceed with the new pool project as the final stages of construction begin. Their recommendation is based on new test results.

According to documents provided to the Daily Press, Quality Testing out of Fort Gibson used a Schmidt Swiss Hammer Test – referred to as a “Swiss rebound hammer test” – and determined the walls average 5,340 PSI, and the floor averages 5,460 PSI.

Eight tests were done at various points on the wall, and six were completed along the floor.

Samples of the concrete were not cored out, though the council was warned last month the coring might have been required.

“[Quality Testing] was concerned about drilling cores, the contractors were concerned about drilling cores,” said Harris. “[The rebound test] is less evasive and proved the cores weren’t needed.”

Harris said Wednesday that she’s confident in the latest test results.

“We have test results from Arkhola and the rebound test is consistent with Arkhola’s test,” said Harris. “Why was [the initial test] different than our test? All in all, I think it was really just inaccurate testing. I think our concrete’s been perfect since the beginning.”

Capri Pools & Aquatics, of St. Louis, Missouri, is also offering the city an additional three years to the required two-year maintenance bond on the pool. The bond will be provided directly from Burton Pools.

“We are hopeful this meets with the city’s approval and provides the assurance that we stand behind our work,” Cary Dennis wrote in a letter to Harris on behalf of Capri. “Capri does not abandon a job when the construction is complete. We will continue to support the city to assure optimal operation.”

If councilors give the OK to move forward, Harris said the pool is on track to open this year. Once it’s complete, she expects it to take a week or more to prepare it to open to the public.

When the new pool opens, the existing pool near Bear Creek will be closed, Harris said.

“Everybody that has memories and thoughts about swimming in that pool, and if you want to swim in that pool one more time, now is probably that time,” said Harris.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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