June 27, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017, the City of Watauga celebrated the grand opening of the much-anticipated Active Senior Adult Center extension to the Watauga Community Center.
Mayor Hector F. Garcia welcomed City Council Members and Watauga residents with a speech expressing his pride in the City of Watauga for coming together on a project to help so many senior citizens. City Manager Greg Vick was all smiles as he thanked Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture and Haydon Building Corporation for designing and building a magnificent addition for the City.
Over the past three years, the City Council had decided more could be done to help their senior population. The existing 1,800 square foot Senior Center was over 70 years old and unable to accommodate the range of programs required for today’s active adults.
BRS was hired to develop plans for a 5,000 square foot addition to the existing Watauga Community Center that would give the Senior population direct access to the facility and create a new space with modern amenities and programs dedicated to Seniors. The overarching goal of the project was to make the lives of the Seniors better and healthier, and the multi-use addition is designed with the active senior in mind.
BRS designed an extension of the Community Center with a separate entry at the junction of the addition for ease of access to both centers. To make the experience more enjoyable, a new reception desk was added so visitors would be greeted on arrival and have easy access to information about both centers and the available programs and amenities.
The new addition includes a kitchen, dedicated restrooms designed for Seniors, and a large flexible space to support a variety of programs and events. The multi-purpose great room can be divided into two large classrooms or assembled for large social gatherings, dining, card playing, or dancing.
Seniors can also get together for healthy activities with full access to the gymnasium, adult fitness equipment and classrooms of the existing Community Center. This access and the dedicated space for active senior adult activities make this addition the place to go for health and social interaction.
Now it’s time to work off the cake that we enjoyed celebrating with!
About Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
Through a fun, passionate and people-inspired process, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture designs lively, purposeful buildings and places that draw people together. Earning more than 75 design awards, BRS has completed projects for more than 200 communities in 40 states across the U.S. With offices in Denver and Dallas, the firm is dedicated to designing places that build community, including recreation facilities, wellness and active-aging centers, field houses, aquatic centers, park structures, ball fields, clubhouses, water parks, resorts, libraries, city halls, cultural centers, and related facilities and master plans.
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