Project from Start to Finish: Pictou County Wellness Centre

Location: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Funding Program: Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component
Federal contribution: $11,000,000

Residents of Pictou County can now enjoy a broad range of indoor fitness activities at a new, state-of-the-art facility thanks, in part, to federal funding through the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. The Pictou County Wellness Centre boasts two regulation-sized ice surfaces, an aquatic centre, a gymnasium and a fitness centre, as well as multipurpose space for conventions and community events. The centre is also the new home of the Pictou County YMCA. The Centre is delivering social, fitness, personal development and economic benefits to the whole region.

Photo: An excavator digs a hole for a footing. Water and sewer connections are visible on the cleared construction site.

Work began with clearing, and surveying the site, and installing the underlying water and sewer infrastructure. Here workers are digging to begin installation of the footings.

Photo: A cranes installs the first of the steel posts and beams on the foundation walls.

The foundation walls are reinforced with fibreglass rods, concrete is poured and backfilled.

Photo: Two cranes install steel posts and beams one after the other.

Construction continues with the installation of a steel super-structure.

Workers pour and smooth cement in the building's interior.

Workers pour the concrete base for the new skating rink over refrigeration pipes, while other workers ensure that it is smooth and level.

Photo: A worker completes finishing touches on the whirlpool.

Construction is nearly complete. Here a worker is completing the installation of the whirlpool.

Photo: View of the front of the finished exterior of Pictou County Wellness Centre.

The construction is now completed and residents can enjoy the many amenities and benefits it offers.

Photo: large open hallway with crossover pedestrian hall, shiny floors and marble wall of new Young Men's Christian Association.

The interior halls of the new facility are bright and spacious.

Photo: A large, carpeted room full of stepping, cycling and elliptical exercise equipment in front of a wall full of windows.

Participants and visitors explore the vast array of aerobic exercise equipment.

Photo: blue swimming pool surrounded by white tile is flooded with natural light.

The new pool area awaits its first patrons.

Photo: full-sized skating arena surrounded by blue spectator seating.

This is one of two regulation sized skating rinks, ready to welcome the first match ups of strength and stamina.

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