Repairs under way at natatorium

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A failed air system at the city’s Natatorium may have a permanent replacement in place by next month, the city reported.

Meanwhile, the city is renting temporary services to the tune of $100,000.

“There’s lots of good people trying to sort that out,” City Manager Clay Pearson said regarding the breakdown of the permanent air handling system at the 5-year-old natatorium.

Pearson said the companies responsible for the failed air system will likely make good on it.

“Right now, it looks like they are stepping up for the permanent – I don’t know that anybody’s covering this temporary interim solution,” Pearson said.

Staff said they are still investigating what exactly occurred with the air handling system, which would determine exact financial responsibility.

The trouble with the permanent system dates back to last fall.

“In September 2014, the air-handling system at the Natatorium failed and became inoperable,” the city states in a recent announcement. “Temporary units are currently being used to cool the facility and regulate humidity levels.”

In January, the city agreed to pay $100,000 for rental of temporary HVAC services from Carrier Rental Services.

“As council recalls, as part of the budget process late in the year, we set aside $500,00 for this fix, so at this stage we’re optimistic we’re going to be well under that with this temporary rental and the way things are lining up for the permanent solution.”

Repairs to the permanent system began in late January.

The $17.3 million Pearland Recreation Center and Natatorium, 4141 Bailey Road, opened in August 2010 as joint partnership among the Pearland ISD, the Pearland EDC and the city. The natatorium serves Pearland and Dawson High swim teams.

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