Honing in on Northglenn’s civic center

Planning turns to details for planned recreation, senior center

Posted 4/17/19

Costs and detail designs of Northglenn’s new civic campus will come into greater detail this summer as the architects doing the detail designs for the new recreation center, theater and senior …

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Honing in on Northglenn’s civic center

Planning turns to details for planned recreation, senior center

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Costs and detail designs of Northglenn’s new civic campus will come into greater detail this summer as the architects doing the detail designs for the new recreation center, theater and senior center.

City Councilors approved the schematic designs in March and that means designers are beginning to focus on specific design elements — room features, textures, tiles and carpeting.

“What they’ve done is take all the public input, all the staff input and all the council input and fit all of that into a building,” Communications Manager Heather Grady said. “That’s the schematic designs. Now they are getting cost estimates to see how much each part is going to cost.”

The current schematic designs cover the first building, the new recreation center. It includes a 300-seat performing arts theater, a lap/competition pool, a warmer water leisure pool, a preschool area, a main level senior center with a catering kitchen, fitness rooms and more.

“This work now has been actually looking at square footage for rooms, how the buildings will be laid out in terms of flow, grading on site — all those types of things,” said Senior Planner Eric Ensey. “Now they’ll start to hone in, working more closely with finishes. There is a phase after this that gets into construction drawing themselves.”

The current design work is scheduled to wrap up in August, with the final construction designs done in December.

“We’ll probably start on the Memorial Parkway, site access and grading before the designs are actually done,” Ensey said. “We are targetting fall of 2019 to begin that work.”

City Councilors approved an overall site plan for a new community recreation center, senior center and expanded theater in April 2018. It’s the first phase of a multi-year revamp for the area that will ultimately bring in a new City Hall, retail and housing to the area.

Construction is planned to begin in late 2019 or early 2020, with the recreation center, performing arts theater and senior center expected to open in 2021.

Work on the second phase would continue through 2028. A third phase, which involves tearing down the current City Hall and putting in more parking and residential development, would come after that.

“We’ve used the comments from early on, and not much has really changed — there’s just more detail,” Ensey said. “That’s what this process is, honing down. Now you can see where the weight room will be located and where the family changing rooms are going to go. So it hasn’t changed, it’s gotten more specific.”

Plans call for putting the new recreation center along the eastern edge of the civic center site, between the current City Hall and parking area on the east and Interstate 25 on the west.

Police operations moved to the new Justice Center last year and the current City Hall would stay through the construction of the new recreation center while the old recreation center would be opened for private development.

The new construction is estimated to cost $53 million, including $13 million for site development and infrastructure work. The bulk of that would be paid with money from the city’s marijuana tax revenues and sales taxes.

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