Boiler replacement begins at McCreary Community Building

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A worker with the Baker Group disconnects one of the two boilers to be replaced at the McCreary Community Building between Oct. 14-28.

Work began Monday morning on the $281,000 replacement of the heating and cooling systems in the 36-year-old McCreary Community Building when workers with the Baker Group disconnected one of the two boilers prior to its removal.

The MCB’s only functioning boiler failed Wednesday night, leaving the pool unheated until the Baker Group’s work is done Oct. 28. The pool tested at 76 degrees Monday morning. The MCB’s showers, sinks, hot tub and sauna will continue to be heated during the boiler replacement.

The Baker Group will also replace the building’s original chillers beginning in December, a Baker Group foreman said. The MCB’s water heaters are also slated for replacement.

Once the long overdue repairs to the rec center’s mechanical¬† infrastructure are complete, more user-friendly improvements are planned, such as an outdoor aquatics facility, a new gymnasium, an enlarged senior center and the repurposing of the MCB theater into a strength-and-conditioning room.

“We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time,” said an MCB spokesperson. For more information, call 515-465-5621.

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