FAIRMONT– Some preliminary concepts for the Fairmont-area community center project were reviewed by the Community Center Advisory Board at its meeting on Wednesday.
City administrator Cathy Reynolds said they had two meetings with stakeholders and in the first they went over programming and some concepts, but in the most recent which had Monday, they reviewed and modified some of the concepts.
“The YMCA had provided square footage over comparable YMCAs for what they thought of the water area and the land area,” said Reynolds.
She said Kraus-Anderson had put together very rough numbers, nothing specific for the installation, but an average cost based on what they see.
Great “wish list” the facility, which was discussed at the first stakeholder meeting, cost approximately $54-60 million, which included a range of desired equipment and would be approximately 115,000 square feet.
At the second stakeholder meeting, they began looking at concepts more in line with what the YMCA would be operating.
At the first stakeholder meeting, the YMCA said they would like to see a designated child supervision area included in the facility. Reynolds said that since then space has shrunk and they are now discussing doing before and after school care inside schools.
Board member Brandon Edmundson said that to his knowledge, after-school care for school-aged children would initially be done in schools, and the transition to YMCA management . Reynolds confirmed that these conversations are happening and that the school is considering using some of its covid funds for this.
The council agreed this would be a good deal as it will save space in the community center for other amenities. A smaller child watch area would still likely be included in the community center.
Tom Betti of 292 Design Group, the architecture that will lead the programming and design of the proposed community center, said he used three program models to examine three different options. A “all-in” facility, a YMCA-only facility and an ice-only facility.
The all-inclusive facility came in at around 96,261 square feet, which Betti said he knows doesn’t fit the budget.
The YMCA-only facility, without an ice rink, would have an administrative lobby and offices, bathrooms, a child monitoring room, meeting rooms, locker rooms, a party room, a larger cross-sectional gym and reduced fitness zones and versatile exercises. studios, based on feedback from stakeholder meetings. This facility would be approximately 50,000 square feet.
The ice-only facility is approximately 42,000 square feet and includes a lobby, bathrooms, bleachers, concessions, skate rentals, mechanical rooms, locker rooms, playrooms, team, storage rooms and administrative offices.
Betti said it was designed so they could add a second layer of ice in the future if desired.
“These are concept maps. They are not yet supposed to be architecture. They make sure that we cover all the spaces and that we distribute everywhere”, Betti said.
Regarding the aquatic area, which would be in both the YMCA-only facility and the all-inclusive facility, Betti said at the last stakeholder meeting that there were suggestions to eliminate the toboggan. Instead, he said they were considering setting up a ninja course, which would have monkey bars and the like. above water.
“It works well for tweens, teens, and adults. Even some people in their 30s and 40s enjoy it because it’s a challenge. Betti said.
Again, there have been conversations about the difference between pools, as a lap pool usually has colder water and is therefore in a room with a cooler temperature, whereas a zero depth swimming pool “kid” the pool has warmer water and is usually in a warm room.
Betti said if both are included, as in the all-inclusive facility, the best thing to do would be to put a wall between them, probably a glass wall.
Edmundson asked if he was seriously considering having a pool with no swim laps. Betti said they might have a pool with informal laps. He told the stakeholder meeting that they had ranked what they considered most important for activities in a swimming pool.
“The long stroke was number four. There was a lot of discussion between 1, 2 and 3, which were swimming lessons, recreational games and water exercises. These first three have flip-flopped, “ said Betty.
Dick Strassburg of Tegra, the city owner’s representative on the project, said they needed to decide on the size of the building and then move the pieces inside.
Edmundson said he was interested to see what everything would look like when they put dollar signs next to the concepts.
“The next phase is to start getting the numbers for those three options and then the
fourth option which is the renovation of the existing ice, ”said Reynolds.
The next meeting of the Community Center Advisory Board will take place on October 5