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.
Snow has arrived to the project site, but that has not stopped work on the 52,000 square foot building. Crews have been able to complete more shear walls and concrete footings, under-slab utilities, and the elevator core. In the next week, concrete work continues along with completing the waterline on the north end of the project. Steel beams are planned to arrive on the site in the middle of December with a crane arriving in early January to move them into place.
November 2022 - Update
The concrete slab covering the gymnasium floor has been poured, serving as the foundation that will support thousands of community members running around the new facility when it opens. Conduit is carefully being labeled and fit into place in the community room, which will have hundreds of A/V wires, power cords, cabling, etc. running throughout the rest of the building. Trucks continue to arrive on site and are pumping concrete into footings on the north side of the project site, recently completing areas around the catering kitchen and Senior Entrance.
Crews have continued pouring concrete footings and shear walls, recently completing areas by the Sammamish River Trail and Main Entrances. Under slab utility conduit has been placed underneath the gymnasium, and we expect the first slab pour to be on Monday, Nov. 14. Lights have been brought onto the the project site due to low light levels in the morning and evening work times.
October 2022 - Update
Fall weather brought precipitation to the jobsite, however crews are continuing to pour wall footings when conditions allow. Onsite stormwater management best practices have been in place since the start of construction and will help filter sediment, and pollutants from the project site. Pumps will be utilized to bring any standing water to the temporary stormwater facility as we move into the rainy season.
The Redmond Senior & Community Center project continues to move forward, in-line with the project schedule. The Gymnasium walls, located on the south side of the project site are currently around 28’ in height. The forms have been removed from the walls and ecology blocks are providing support. Construction crews are continuing the build out of wall forms near the Community Room, and Main Entry, and will be ready for concrete pours in the next few days.
It is truly exciting to walk through the project site and begin to see how the spaces that we’ve been looking at through our computer screens, become a reality!
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.