A new and larger community center is coming to Redmond
Follow along as we update you on the progress of the new Redmond Senior & Community Center, a new facility that will offer arts, events, and recreational options for residents of all ages.
September 2022 - Update
Vertical concrete forms have been installed and ready to accept the next concrete pour, scheduled for Sept. 30. Rebar, steel beams, and concrete will form the "walls" of the gymnasium as construction continues on the project site. Footings on the north side of the project site have been excavated and will soon be ready for a concrete pour of its own. In the coming months, the team will pour the slab for the first floor and then construct vertical columns to support the second level and roof.
Construction crews have been hard at work building out the forms for the shear wall footings on the south side of the project site. The forms have been outfitted with rebar, and are roughly four feet deep which will provide structural integrity for the embeds, a fixture that is installed prior to pouring concrete. These anchors are used to transmit structural loads by tension, shear, or a combination of the two. The first big concrete pour of the project will take place on Sept. 8, with 280 cubic yards of concrete being trucked in every 15 minutes for six hours. The wooden forms will remain in place while the concrete cures, and eventually will be removed, and backfilled with structural fill.
August 2022 - Update
Rough grading is complete for the project site. A temporary stormwater collection system has been installed using ecology blocks on the SE corner of the project site, which will operate during the wet weather period (Aug - April 2023). Heavy and job-specific machinery are completing around 1,000 aggregate piers throughout the building footprint. Installation of temporary power for the construction site will take place the week of August 22.
Excavators are on-site completing rough grading in preparation for installing aggregrate geopiers. The technical definition of the Geopier System is: a ground improvement method that prestrains and prestresses the soil using soil "replacement" and soil "displacement" technology to strengthen soft soil and loose soil with very dense, stiff, rock columns constructed by heavy equipment crowd force and vertical impact ramming.
How it's done is fairly straight forward:
- Form the "geopier shaft" by drilling a hole in the soil
- Form a geopier "bottom bulb" by ramming crushed rock into the bottom of the geopier shaft, so that the stone is pressed against the sides and bottom.
- Layer crushed rock in by successively ramming from the top. The ramming effect creates a very dense, stiff pier that expands the drilled shaft in the process and thus reinforces the soil around it.
Some of the benefits of the geopier construction method include no complicated steel or concrete connections, cost-effectiveness, and requires less piers than typical stone columns, resulting in less time on site.
The job trailer is on-site, construction fencing has been installed, and mobilization continues. Tree protection fencing is in place and excavation/demolition of the project site has begun. Please note that the construction area is closed to the public, however pedestrian access will remain open in-between the west side of the Public Safety Building and the eastern edge of the construction fence.
The Municipal Campus pickleball courts are adjacent to the active construction zone for the new senior and community center and the city remains dedicated to minimizing closures while also protecting the safety of all. The courts will be accessible via the Sammamish River Trail only. To receive the most up-to-date information, please follow the Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook where closures will be posted in real-time.
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On June 2, the City of Redmond hosted the groundbreaking for the new Redmond Senior & Community Center. Community members, Mayor Birney, City Council, staff, state and regional elected officials, and members of the project team gathered at the construction site on Municipal Campus for the ceremony, followed by an open house in City Hall. With the groundbreaking completed, there is a lot for our community to look forward to.
Linda McCrystal, a participant in the City's Senior Programs and co-chair of the Senior Advisory Committee, has been involved throughout the design process and is eager for the indoor walk/jog track, the kitchen for senior lunches, rooms for various crafts and classes, and the expanded outdoor dining oppurtunities.
"I look forward to hopefully volunteering in the kitchen for senior lunches or the coffee bar and enjoying Rockin' on the River and Derby Day events," she said. "Having a beautiful place indoors or outside to visit, sit, relax, and eat lunch with friends, attend various classes is important and lends itself to socializing, keeping the brain stimulated."
The project is expected to open in late 2023.