Facility Design & Amenities
The design concept of the new Senior & Community Center reflects the Senior and Community priorities and five years of work with the Redmond community, stakeholders, and seniors. Since 2016, the community has reinforced the need for:
- Opening the facility as soon as possible to support seniors who have been displaced both by the closure of their building and by COVID
- A larger facility to serve growing demand for popular programs
- Flexible spaces that serve multiple uses across generations
- More recreation program space, especially to promote wellness and healthy aging
- Community spaces that can be rented by groups for celebrations, meetings, and events
- Thoughtful site integration, leveraging the outdoor lawn space and access to the Sammamish River Trail and existing pickleball courts
- Expanded parking and connections to future transit
These needs have continued to be reinforced since the closure of the Redmond Senior Center in 2019.
The Sammamish River forms the west edge of the building site. Expanded parking and a senior dedicated entrance point to the north. The existing pickleball courts are a priority and will remain in their current location.
The main building entrance and welcome desk face east and align with a treasured heritage tree, expansive green space, and connections to transit and the rest of Redmond’s municipal campus.
The Redmond Senior & Community Center will be built on the site of the former Senior Center, next to City Hall, along the Sammamish River Trail.
Exterior Features & Amenities
- Outdoor pickleball courts
- Outdoor dining terrace
- Outdoor senior patio
- Vegetable garden
- Grassy areas for community events, picnicking, classes, and summer camp activities
Facility Design Overview
The facility is designed for two stories in the initial phase of construction. There is an option for a community partner to add onto the building, up to five stories total. The design team, Opsis Architecture, has heard the community's design priorities which include leveraging views of the Sammamish River, expanded parking, windows and natural light, universal accessibility, acoustics appropriate to each program area, touchless finishes, and energy efficient and natural materials when possible.
The Redmond Senior & Community Center will be 40,000-46,000 square feet. This total square footage includes all activity space and amenities, office and meeting space, restrooms and locker rooms, building operations, and building flow (e.g. hallways, door clearance, etc.)
Indoor Features & Amenities
- Senior Welcome Desk & Coffee Bar
- Senior Lounge
- Senior Library
- Private exam rooms (2) for medical appointments and consultations
- Casual seating areas for gathering and conversation
- Arts & Crafts Studio
- Music & Green Room
- Games Room
- Multi-purpose Community Room, divisible into smaller spaces, for senior lunches, lectures, classes, community rentals, and performances
- Community meeting room spaces
- Main Lobby Entrance and Welcome Desk
- Active recreation space for basketball, indoor pickleball, table tennis, classes
- An elevated, indoor walk/jog track
- Group Exercise Studio
- Cardio & Weight Room
- Locker rooms and showers
- Kid's Zone area for supervised childcare
- Restrooms placed throughout the facility to service all building spaces and amenities
Full plan views
Senior & Community Spaces
This wing of the building will function similarly to the former Redmond Senior Center with activities, interest groups, nutrition programs, gatherings, and wellness services during the days. On evenings and weekends, this space will serve the entire community for a variety of activities, gatherings, and community and cultural events.
Seniors can enter the building from a designated senior entrance on the north side, closest to the parking lot and a covered drop-off. As seniors come inside to settle in, get coffee, and see friends, there are computers to use and comfortable places to have conversation in the lounge and library areas. Seniors are close to where volunteers prepare lunch and can gather before lunch is served in the annex seating spaces. Art and music classes take place next to the library and there are a variety of spaces for interest groups. A full set of restrooms is available in this wing of the building.
Many visitors will use the main entry and visit the lobby area upon entering the facility. There will be staff workstations and volunteers to greet and direct you Various spaces will be available to rent by the community for meetings and other gatherings as needed. Guests can sign in for classes or check their child into the Kid’s Zone if visiting as a family.
The Community Room is a large, flexible space for sharing meals, attending lectures, performances, community and cultural events, and classes. The space is anchored by a raised stage on one end that can double as an additional classroom, with a commercial kitchen on the opposite end. This kitchen will have pass through windows to serve both the indoor community room and the outdoor event terrace. Open-air access to an extended outdoor dining terrace encourages the community to enjoy the views of the Sammamish River Trail on warm days.
Active Recreation Spaces - First Floor
Individuals, small groups, and teams will enjoy all kinds of sports and activities in the active recreation area or gymnasium. The flooring will accommodate many different uses and space can be divided easily for those who want to play table tennis, play basketball, or indoor pickleball. Large fitness classes or dance classes would also be held in this space. Locker rooms, changing rooms, and a full set of restrooms serve this side of the building.
On the second floor, adults have many recreation activities to choose from: group fitness classes, a cardio and weight training room, plus a walk/jog track elevated over the active gymnasium. There are spaces for stretching and sitting with others before class begins or to enjoy the views overlooking the river. Little ones can enjoy their own play with new friends in the Kids Zone. Two all-gender/family restrooms are located on this floor, along with a Kid’s Restroom in the Kid’s Zone.
Active Recreation Areas - Second Floor
The project is expected to cost approximately $41 million and cost estimating is currently underway. The cost estimating process is iterative and will continue being refined. The City Council received a briefing on the status of the cost estimate at their May 4 meeting (slide 38).