We can't wait to improve The Center

As we welcome members back to in-person activities, we are more mindful than ever of our responsibility to protect their health and wellbeing. The Center Renovation Initiative will make crucial improvements to ventilation, HVAC, and access points, making it safer and more comfortable to spend more time together.

Renovation Project – Frequently Asked Questions

 

We have received a number of questions regarding the recently announced Renovation Project for the Center. We want to ensure that all members have access to the latest information on this exciting initiative. We will update this page as more information is available.

 

What is the Renovation Initiative?

The Board and Staff have planned a project to make needed improvements to the current building at 175 Port Rd. This primary focus is on improved building access with a new ramp and entrance configuration, and much-needed window replacements to facilitate ventilation and air flow in the building. We are also planning for upgrades to the air conditioning, creation of outdoor seating areas as well as a refresh of interior spaces.

 

Are there still plans for a new building at 29 Western Ave?

Absolutely! While improvements to our current building were always an important part of our overall Capital Project, the new building on our adjacent parcel remains the primary focus. That building will provide the opportunity for the Center to greatly expand its programming with open space to accommodate large classes and gatherings, as well as a demonstration kitchen for classes and events. Planning is underway for the Capital Campaign to raise the funds for the new construction.

 

Why do the renovation first? 

The pandemic has impacted the Center in multiple ways. The restrictions limited our ability to launch the Campaign when it was originally planned. That delay resulted in continued deferred maintenance on the current building. In addition, the need for improved ventilation is all the more critical in light of the virus. The Board decided to prioritize the renovation to address the needs of the building currently being used for daily programming. This has not changed our commitment to the full Campus Project to address the growing space needs at the Center.

 

When will the work begin?

While we are still seeking additional donations to support all the renovations planned, we have raised sufficient funds to begin the work this year. Our challenge, as it is for so many other organizations and individuals, is access to contractors. We are working with four companies to obtain bids, and we hope to select our contractor by the end of the summer, with work beginning in Fall, 2022. Obviously, this is subject to change.

 

Will the Center be closed to programming while the work is underway?

We are committed to keeping the Center open as much as we can during the construction. We have talked with all of the bidding companies about the need to schedule the work in a way that will allow us to remain open as much as possible. Over the course of the project we expect we will have to wall off some areas under construction, and may have to close for a few days depending on the work underway. We will plan this carefully, and will communicate any resulting changes to program scheduling accordingly.

 

What is next?

Prior to the construction work, the next big change you will see at the Center is the opening of a Café space in the Rotunda. More to come on this exciting new space.

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