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June 21, 2013

Second public input session about rec center improvements

On Tuesday, a public meeting about potential renovations to the Knoxville Rec. Center was held. This was the second of two public input sessions that have been held about the potential Rec. Center improvements.

Project architect Thad Long and principal in charge Vitus Bering from SVPA Architects Inc. were present at the meeting to outline three potential Rec. Center improvement scopes and to answer any questions from the public.

After the first public input sessions, an online survey was conducted after speaking with Rec. Center staff to see which types of improvements were most important to Rec. Center users. Approximately 60 participants responded to the survey, and SVPA Architects formulated the three possible scopes of renovation according to what survey participants ranked as most important in terms of improvements.

The survey had participants judge the importance of particular improvements on a scale from 1-5, with 5 being most important.

Scope #1 presented at the meeting focuses largely on improvements to the weight area with expansion for fitness and cardio studios. Scope #1 would include a building addition on the south side of the Rec. Center, and would also include renovations to the locker rooms and mens shower area.

Paint, lighting, and ventilation would all be parts of the locker room improvements, and an ADA compliant family restroom/changing room would be a part of the renovation as well. The men’s shower area improvement would include increased privacy, which Long and Bering cite as a very common improvement being made to facilities similar to the Knoxville Rec. Center.

Long and Bering cite the building expansion as an advantage that would allow the new fitness studio room to be a flexible area that could be used for cardio activities, yoga, and a variety of other fitness purposes. The total estimated cost to carry out the plan in Scope #1 is $1,572,000. Scope #1 is the least costly of the three scopes, and Bering says although it would be the most disruptive to normal Rec. Center function during construction, it would be the best option for the least amount of money.

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