A ground breaking ceremony for the Sammamish Community & Aquatic Center was held on June 12, 2014. Construction has begun and for the next few months all we will see is a lot of dirt moving. Photos of on-going construction will be posted shortly under a separate tab.
The City of Sammamish is building a two-story approximately 69,000 square-foot community and aquatic center. The center is being constructed on the Sammamish Commons campus, adjacent to the library and City Hall. In addition to the new building, the project will include an access road, surface parking and a parking structure. The planned facility will be owned by the City and operated by the YMCA in accordance with the operating and management agreement approved by the City Council on February 19, 2013.
On March 18, 2013, City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a design and construction administration contract with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture (BRS). The design, construction documents, permitting and bidding were all completed in approximately one year. The new center will accommodate one full-size gymnasium, one family-size (reduced size) gymnasium, a cardio and group fitness area, a jogging track and a child watch area. The aquatic component will consist of a leisure pool and a 6-lane 25-yard lap pool with locker rooms. The facility will also include several multipurpose rooms to serve a variety of recreational uses and for maximum flexibility. A combination of terraced parking and surface parking will accommodate approximately 300 cars.
On May 20, 2014, City Council authorized the City Manager to award the Community & Aquatic Center construction contract to Porter Brothers Construction Inc. in the amount of $28,003,812.51 inclusive of Washington State sales taxes. Construction is under way and the center is expected to open in early 2016.