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Nassau OKs $21.8M contract for pool repairs

The Nassau County Aquatic Center. Built in 1998

The Nassau County Aquatic Center. Built in 1998 for the International Goodwill Games, the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park is widely recognized as one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S., according to a Nassau County web site. (May 20, 2011) Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

Nassau County lawmakers on Monday unanimously approved a $21.8 million contract with E & A Restoration of Syosset to renovate and repair the 14-year-old Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park. They also authorized the county to borrow the money needed to pay for the work.

The county has sued the original contractors of the indoor pool, alleging the heating and air conditioning systems were poorly designed and caused the roof, ceiling fixtures and other metal building components to deteriorate. County officials also acknowledge that the air quality is poor, containing high amounts of chlorine. The county’s suit is pending. If the county wins its case, any damages awarded will help pay for the renovations, officials said Monday.

Work to remedy the center’s problems will begin in January with the pool scheduled to be closed from Feb. 15 through Oct. 30, 2012, when the project is expected to be substantially completed, officials said.

The entire Aquatic Center renovation is expected to be finished by the end of February 2013, a spokeswoman for County Executive Edward Mangano said.

Photo: The Nassau County Aquatic Center. (May 20, 2011)



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