CAPTAIN WILLIAM SPRY COMMUNITY CENTRE (Spry Centre), Halifax Nova Scotia
General Description of Construction
The Spry Centre is a building complex owned by the City of Halifax and contains the following connected areas:
1. Swimming Pool Building
2. Main Building (ground floor and second floor containing administrative offices, community services offices, exercise room, reception areas etc.)
3. Library Building
J.W. Cowie Engineering Limited Investigation and Restoration Design for the City of Halifax
Five years after the completion of the building construction, J.W. Cowie Engineering Ltd. (Cowie Engineering) was retained by the City of Halifax to determine the cause of on-going water leakage problems. As a result of the site investigation by Cowie Engineering, it was discovered the timber roof deck of the building containing the swimming pool was in an advanced state of wood rot.
The defective design and construction of the air/vapour barrier applied to the underside of the insulation below the timber roof deck permitted the interior air from the swimming pool area to flow into the roof and wall construction resulting in wood rot and corrosion of the structural steel framing.
An investigation of the other areas throughout the Spry Centre revealed the air/vapour barrier applied to the underside of the insulation below the timber roof decking was damaged in a similar way to the air/vapour barrier below the roof deck of the swimming pool building. To resolve the waterproofing/vapour barrier problems, significant restoration was required throughout all roof and exterior wall areas of the Spry Centre.
The Scope of Restoration Construction
All roof and exterior wall areas of the Spry Centre were restored. Cowie Engineering prepared restoration design drawings and specifications and administrated the construction contracts on behalf of the City of Halifax. Restoration construction was implemented in three sequential phases with fixed price tenders issued for each phase of the restoration construction. The Spry Centre was occupied throughout all phases of restoration construction. The investigation and restoration construction took approximately four years. Three phases of restoration construction were as follows:
Phase I – Swimming Pool Building
Phase II – Central portion of building containing administrative offices, community services etc.
Phase III – Library
In addition to resolving the waterproofing/vapour barrier issues of the library building, the unfinished second floor of the library was finished and new access stairs and an elevator added. The elevator and West stair is housed in the new tower addition located at the Northwest corner of the library.