On Monday, the first of 19 huge roof beams was delivered to the construction site located just south of Monett's South Park. Each concrete beam weighs 86,000 pounds and is 120 feet long, or the size of three full-size school buses parked end to end.
The entire Aquatic Center structure will be 35 feet tall, 122 feet wide and 152 feet long. It is being built of precast concrete and will be similar in construction to the new elementary school gym. When completed, the bare concrete walls will receive an attractive, neutral-colored coating.
"The Aquatic Center building will go up quickly," said Gordon Brown, executive director of the Monett YMCA. "And construction on the other portion of the building is expected to start next week."
Once the shell of the Aquatic Center has been erected, crews will start digging out the actual pool.
"Things are on schedule for a late fall 2012 completion," said Brown. "Conditions have been ideal for us as far as being able to get the building closed in by the winter."
Several local subcontractors have been utilized during the construction process so far. Kay Concrete has provided the concrete, and Vaughn Companies is providing the dirt work.
"Vaughn expects to take out 1.900 truckloads of dirt during the project," said Brown.
In addition, EFCO, a Pella Company, will be providing all the windows for the new YMCA.
When completed, the new YMCA will be one of the finest family recreation facilities in the four-state area. In addition to an indoor eight-lane competition and separate warm water pool, the YMCA is working to fund features such as new fitness equipment, indoor water slides and water play features, a rock wall, a suspended running track and indoor play area.
To date, the Monett YMCA Capital Campaign has raised just over $10.2 million, plus an additional $1 million endowment. Fundraising is still underway on the project, which carries a $11.2 million price tag, including equipment and furnishings.
"We are building the complete planned footprint for the YMCA," said Brown. "But the more funding we raise, the more we can afford to equip the facility."
The Monett Area YMCA offers a wide range of programs for people of all ages in an effort to strengthen families, promote better health and encourage values and behaviors consistent with Christian principles.
Currently, the local Y is running a membership special. Through the end of October, the joining fee will be waived, which saves members up to $50.
The Monett Y has also begun registering kids for its youth basketball and cheerleading programs.
For more information on contributing to the Capital Campaign or joining the YMCA, call 235-8213 or visit www.monettymca.org.