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CG Advances Rec Center Design

Map courtesy of City of Casa Grande

By Rodney Haas for Casa Grande Dispatch

The long-awaited Casa Grande recreation center took a major step forward when the city council gave approval for preliminary design work July 20.

The council approved a $155,132 contract with Haydon Building Corporation to provide schematic designs. But it comes on the condition that the company hold various meetings with the community in order to get an idea of what the public wants in the center.

The approval followed a work session in which Community Services Director Bill Schwind presented council members with ideas of what the rec center could look like and might include.

Some of the potential features outlined in Schwind’s proposal include offices and administrative space, flexible meeting space, classrooms, a satellite library with WiFi, multipurpose rooms, catering kitchen, snack bar/vending, a multiuse lobby, gymnasium, fitness area, dance and yoga rooms, indoor walking track, child care space and a teen center along with the potential for some partnership opportunities with either the Boys & Girls Clubs or YMCA.

Schwind said that changes could be made and things can be added or taken out.

The preliminary design work for the center is a two-step approach — a programing phase and a schematic design.

The programing phase is to develop a plan that is acceptable to the citizens and council. Part of this process is conducting community vision sessions and interviews with the community and respective groups that might utilize the rec center.

Once that’s complete, then the second phase is the schematic design, which would have two separate conceptual layouts of floor plans and site plans. The plans would then be presented to the community for refinement, then developed into two architecture concepts that will be presented back to the community and developed into a final design concept plan.

The final design plan would include floor plans, site plans, building elevations, building sections, building materials, preliminary building and zoning code analysis, building renderings, two or three character sketches, cost estimate and public presentations.

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