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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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City Closes Treme Center Pool and Gym for Repairs

June 06, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Tremé Recreation Center pool and gymnasium will be closed for repairs during the summer recreation season beginning Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Tremé Center, located at 900 North Villere Street, New Orleans, LA 70116, will remain open to the public for all other facility uses including the multipurpose rooms, dance studio, second floor mezzanine, second floor fitness center, arts and crafts room, music room, and playground areas. The Tremé Center will continue to host the scheduled Tambourine and Fan summer camp.

The City has closed the gymnasium and pool to address a range of construction-related issues and to ensure accessibility and safety for facility users. Throughout the repair process, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement will provide timely updates on the construction process and related to use of the facilities.

During the suspension of pool and gym activities, the City has made the following accommodations to continue programming for the public and summer camp participants:

  • Youth participating in six summer camps will continue swim classes without a reduction in swim days at alternate NORDC pools including Lemann Pool (536 N. Prieur St.), Stallings Gentilly Pool (1600 Gentilly Blvd.), Sampson Pool (3100 Louisa St.), A.L. Davis Pool (2600 La Salle Street), and Taylor Pool (2600 S. Roman St.). NORDC will cover all transportation costs to alternate locations as necessary.
  • An additional water aerobics class has been added at Joe W. Brown Pool (5601 Read Blvd.) from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Monday – Friday to accommodate Treme Center water aerobics class participants. The City will provide a free shuttle daily to and from the Treme Center to Joe W. Brown Pool for citizens wishing to attend this evening water aerobics class; the shuttle departs from the Tremé Center at 5:15 p.m.
  • The Tambourine and Fan Summer Camp will begin on Monday, June 9, 2014 and operate for 9 weeks until Friday, August 8, 2014. In partnership with the camp operator, the City has made accommodations to direct activities to the Treme Center’s multi-purpose rooms, dance rooms, second floor mezzanine and playground area. Breakfast and lunch will be held at Craig School. Craig School will also have 6 rooms available for use by Tambourine and Fan.

Activities at the gym and pool will resume once construction-related issues are permanently resolved. Where necessary, the City is assessing legal remedies with contractors.

“The Tremé Center is important and we all want the same thing, a safe place where we can swim, play, meet and celebrate as a community,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “We have a team of dedicated professionals working with our contractors and the NORDC staff to ensure that we deliver a quality product to our citizens. The Tremé Center is a priority and we ask for the public’s patience while we work to get this right.”

In April 2013, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City officials, and FEMA reopened the two-story community center in the historic Tremé neighborhood after a $6.02 million renovation. The facility was originally built in the mid-1970s, previously sat idle after being damaged during Hurricane Katrina until the City completed design and began rehabbing the facility in January 2012.

Funding for the Tremé Center came from FEMA public assistance, State Capital Outlay Funds, City Bond Funds, Insurance, and City Capital Funds. The Tremé Center was designed by Hamilton Anderson Associates of New Orleans and built by Icon Construction Group, Inc. of Metairie. The DBE contractors on the project included Boines Construction & Equipment, Jesco Enterprises, Inc., and Memo Painting.

During the construction process, the City encountered a number of unanticipated challenges typical when rehabbing an older facility. In response, and to include requests from NORDC and the community, the City adjusted the scope and design of the facility.

At the reopening of the Tremé Center on the April 30, 2013, the following improvements were complete:

Indoor Repairs

  • Replacement of the swimming pool and pool equipment;
  • Installation of new multipurpose rooms, fitness center and music room;
  • Renovations to kitchen with new equipment; 
  • Installation of a new Grand Sprung multipurpose gymnasium floor with new collapsible bleachers;
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades;
  • New interior doors w/ADA accessible hardware;
  • Strategic replacement of ductwork and piping;
  • Installation of new lockers, benches, fixtures, renovations of existing shower stalls and lavatories for ADA-accessibility in the men’s and women’s locker rooms;
  • Demolition of existing and installation of new indoor pool with new pool equipment; 
  • Demolition of existing 2nd floor restrooms and construction of new  restrooms;
  • Renovations to 2nd floor mezzanine; and
  • Creation of 2nd floor dance room and renovations to the 2nd floor arts and crafts room; and
  • Repair and painting interior and exterior walls.

Outdoor repairs

  • Painting
  • Installation of new hurricane resistant doors and windows;
  • Removal of existing copper roof and construction of new standing seam metal roof;
  • New built-up and hurricane resistant standing seam metal roof;
  • Installation of new playground equipment;
  • Signage, plaques, asphalt paving;
  • Installation of new entrance sidewalks; and
  • Renovations to play area w/ new play equipment, benches and waste receptacles.

In March 2014, in response to user complaints regarding the pool area and gym floor, the City engaged with the project architect and contractor to address identified design and construction-related issues. Before today, the City suspended activity in select spaces in the Tremé Center during two phases:

  • From March 17 – May 5, 2014, the City suspended swimming at the Tremé Center to replace the pool deck and perform improvements to the pool locker rooms. During this time, the contractor remediated a non-hazardous mold growth on the pool ceiling which had been caused by an equipment malfunction in the pool area. An air quality test was conducted as a follow up which determined that the pool area was safe to occupy. The contractor also selectively regraded areas on the pool deck to address issues of standing water and water ponding in the men’s and women’s locker rooms. Additionally, the locker room floors were regraded and select areas of the locker rooms were repainted.
  • On May 19, 2014, the City suspended all play in the gym to install a rubber transition strip around the perimeter of the gym floor. The new transition strip, with a lower profile than the previous aluminum transition strip, was installed to accommodate different elevations in the Gran Sprung floor. The City is continuing suspension of services in order to provide a permanent solution to elevation levels and depressions in the gym floor.

The City is committed to seeing this project through to the end and where necessary, assessing its legal remedies with the contractors. To ensure cooperation, the City is currently withholding funds from the contractor until the repairs are completed. The City will not accept the repairs as completed until it is fully satisfied.

Since Mayor Landrieu took office in 2010, the City of New Orleans has invested nearly $134 million in 106 NORDC projects across the city and doubled the public funding for NORDC. NORDC operates 127 facilities, including 11 outdoors pools which open during the summer and 8 recreation centers which are open for programming year-round. For hours and class schedules, visit www.nola.com/nordc.

To reach the Office of Neighborhood Engagement, please call (504) 658-4980 or email neighborhoods@nola.gov.


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