A ground breaking ceremony for the Sammamish Community & Aquatic Center was held on June 12, 2014. Construction is well under way and progress updates are posted under the "documents" tab of this project webpage. The Center is expected to open in early 2016. Photographs are posted under the "construction progress photos" tab. A video of the construction activities through the month of October, 2014, is now available.
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.
Cost and Operation:
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. With design costs, demolition, construction contingencies and other expenses, the total project cost comes to $33,885,000.
Although the Sammamish Community & Aquatic Center will be owned by the city, day-to-day operations will be handled by the YMCA. As part of their partnership with the city, the Y will contribute $5 million toward construction, equip the facility, and cover all operating expenses.
For more information on operations visit: www.ournewy.org OR www.facebook.com/ymcainsammamish