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Delivering on the commitments made to the design team was largely a matter of following usual procedures for shotcrete application, including construction of solid, non-vibrating forms; installation of reinforcing steel to ensure complete concrete coverage; and a systematic, patterned approach to what was to be a multi-day shoot In this case, the pool was so deep that an excavator was kept on hand to ease removal of any concrete spoils or incidental rebound. Frequent tests were also conducted to make certain the shotcrete material was being applied at (or beyond) the specified strength tive as a fully qualified contractor, but also and at one time it used draw-and-fill circulation. At more important in my view, I had to convince some point after our work was completed, an them that, done properly, a shell made using the alumnus who’d been on the school’s swim team shotcrete-application process would be their in the 1950s passed away; in his memory, his better choice. family dedicated a multi-million-dollar bequest towards the construction of a new facility. Core Values From the start, the design team made it clear Canterbury High School is a prestigious to us that they were after the state of the art. The institution in the hills of western Connecticut. surrounding structure and amenities for swim- Built at the turn of the last century, the campus mers and spectators were in the hands of top- boasts architecture clad in dark-gray fieldstone flight architects, and the pool itself had been and has the look of something out of a Harry designed by Gary Schultz of Aquatica Pools & Potter movie. An Ivy League ambiance reso- Water Parks (New York), which, as we observed, nates at every turn, belying the fact that the had done a wonderful job with the plans and facilities behind the walls are as up-to-date and specifications. The one exception, we believed, modern as can be—including an array of first- was their favoring of cast-in-place concrete for rate sports facilities. the pool’s shell. Before this project, however, the one glaring For bidding purposes, we’d been asked to exception was the school’s aquatic center. Our submit information on a shotcrete structure for company had done some renovation work on the comparison to the cast-in-place architectural original pool—an antiquated tub old enough that specification. They might have thought of this as Shotcrete • Summer 2014 11


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