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Today we broke ground on an expansion and renovation to one of the largest Kroc Centers in the nation.Continue
Today was an important day for the current and future members of The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Omaha.Kroc Center Senior Officer Major Todd Thielke was beaming when he said, “Today we are here to celebrate another life changing possibility in the form of an 18,000 square foot addition. The new addition will house our new walking track, new fitness deck, and it will allow other existing areas of the center to be revitalized and repurposed as fun areas for kids to play, and areas for families to be together and socialize.”
The expansion and renovation has been designed to enhance the current programming and enable Kroc Center staff to greater serve the Omaha community.
City of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert exclaimed, “I’ve seen the construction plans, the changes that the center will undergo are nothing short of amazing. And even the construction process itself will benefit the community through new jobs and economic development. That’s why the Kroc Center is so important, it helps to foster great minds, provides opportunities, and expands horizons.”
There are 4 pillars that hold up truly remarkable and successful community recreation centers, and the expanded Kroc Center has all four. They are:
- Fitness: The expansion will more than double the size of the cardio vascular, circuit resistance, weight training and group exercise areas.
- Wellness: Areas which give members opportunities like nutrition classes to thrive in not only getting well, but also staying well.
- Aquatics: The new 2 ½ story tall slide will create the WOW factor on the Northwest corner of the Center as the riders will start the wet and wild journey indie the building, exit the building in the slide flume, wind their way down and around curves, then re-enter the natatorium into a deceleration flume.
- Multi-Generational: I cannot think of another project in the state of Nebraska which will offer as many social, recreational, fitness, performing arts, visual arts and spiritual programs for people ages 9 months to 90 years old than Kroc Omaha.
In addition to Major Thielke, Mayor Stothert and myself, approximately 75 people joined in the celebration to witness the dirt being turned by Nebraska Senator Heath Mello, Omaha Councilman Gary Gernandt, former Omaha Mayor Haul Daub, Salvation Army Divisional Commanders Major Greg Thompson and Major Lee Ann Thompson, Kroc Center Officer Major Cathy Thielke, HGM Associates Architecture Department Manager Dean Fajen, and President of MCL Construction Bob Carlisle.
In conclusion, I want to personally thank the BRS team: Design Principal Ken Berendt, Principal Keith Hayes, Interior Design Principal Marcia Hocevar, Project Manager and Associate Andy Stein, Designer Kristin Sealey and Interior Designer Ellie Lokken for their steadfast work, great design, project management and production skills on this important work. Thanks also to our great support team at BRS: Senior Associate and Accountant Carol Snydal, Accounting & Project Administrator Christen Snydal, Associate, Office & Benefits Administrator Debra Ellis, Director of Marketing Rebecca Lavezzary, and Marketing Coordinator Sue Maguire. You all are pros and I am proud to work with all of you!
I want to acknowledge and thank our consultant team of Dean Fajen, Todd Maiellaro and Bill Glismann of HGM Associates Inc., Pierre Metellus and Van Le of 3PM Design, Tim Harris, John Blair and Bert Baiotto at The Ballard Group, Mark Layfield and Kristin Dietrich of Reese Engineering, Sue Reilly and Josh Hathaway of Group 14 Engineering, Lisa Gallun, Christine Nicolyasen and Ashley Gavaldon of Gallun Snow Associates, Doug Whiteaker and Bill Bornick of Water Technology, Inc., Jonathan Reid and Linda Peters of KL&A Structural Engineers, Greg Markling at Ibim Solutions and Ken Greenberg of Commercial Fitness Solutions.
I thank the Owner team mentioned above plus Territorial Commissioner Carol Seiler, Territorial Assistant Property Secretary Scott Thomas, Majors Curtiss and Sandy Hartley, Major Randy Heljstrom, Divisional Property Manager Greg Kadrlik, Jonathan Kuebler, Carl Larson, Madelaine Moyer. And thanks to the City of Omaha team of Mayor Jean Stothert, Councilman Gary Gernandt, Greg Hauptman, Tom Phipps, Steven Thornburg and Michael Carter. You all have been instrumental in our 4-year labor of love to expand the Omaha Kroc Center and I commend you. Great job team!
Last, and certainly not least, I thank MCL Construction and their sub-contractors. To MCL President Bob Carlisle and MCL staff Paul Beller, Chris Leapley, Dennis Parr, Mike Procopio, and Tim Ratliff, I say, let’s build this thing!
Posted by Steve Blackburn, AIA, LEED AP on July 7, 2016 at 12:00pm
On Friday, July 24, the Windsor Community Recreation Center expansion project officially broke ground! The event surrounding this momentous occasion was highlighted by a beach theme, large sand pile, and more happy children than you could count on one set of fingers and toes. Melissa Chew, former Windsor Parks, Recreation & Culture Director, kicked off the day’s festivities by introducing and thanking the parties involved in making this project a reality for the Town of Windsor.Continue
Melissa then handed the microphone to Ken Bennett, Chair of the Parks, Recreation, & Culture Advisory Board who provided the crowd with a brief history of the project. In February 2012, the Town of Windsor commissioned BRS, GreenPlay LLC, and Water Technology, Inc. to analyze options for the expansion of the Windsor Community Recreation Center. Over the course of the feasibility study, the team studied two possible configurations, conceptual cost and detailed needs for each of the program areas.
Once complete, the addition will include a natatorium, with leisure pool, three-lane lap pool, and water slide; child watch room; party rooms; weight/fitness room; aerobics room; and an auxiliary gym. In addition, site improvements consist of increased parking area, a sun deck, and tot lot.
Finally, the big moment arrived! In line with the true spirit of Parks and Recreation, the children joined right in to help the adults with the ceremonious turning of the first sod. It’s hard to believe there will a natatorium in this same spot by September next year!
Everyone enjoyed the celebration and the time spent with old friends. Pictured below are Dave Hammel (BRS), Melissa Chew (Windsor), Steve Blackburn (BRS), Jim Pinkard (Pinkard Construction), and Windsor Town Manager Kelly Arnold. Some of these folks have been working together for a few decades. I know, I know, you’re wondering how it can possibly be true when each of them isn’t a day over 35!
Most importantly, the beach party was a success with hot dogs, snow cones, and happy kids! It was an honor to participate in this special occasion. It’s clients like ours who make us excited to get up and come to work at BRS each day!
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Posted by Rebecca Lavezzary on July 31, 2015 at 04:54pm
BRS is starting the summer off right with three project openings, two groundbreakings and even more on the way! Here is what we’ve been up to so far:Continue
The REC of Grapevine
The REC, which stands for Recreation-Education-Community, held their grand opening ceremony on the morning of April 25th. The multigenerational recreation and senior center in Grapevine, TX, combines the new 60,000 SF addition with the upgraded and completely renovated existing Community Activities Center (CAC) facility–resulting in a whopping 108,000 SF center. The REC includes a senior activities area, indoor aquatics, basketball courts, racquetball courts, multipurpose rooms and an expanded fitness area.
MetroCaring Hunger Relief Center
MetroCaring held their grand opening celebration on April 23rd in Denver, CO. At this open house-style event, visitors toured the beautiful new building, witnessing some of MetroCaring’s most wonderful features, which include their Fresh Foods Market, Nutrition Education Center (with a Teaching Kitchen), Rooftop Teaching Garden, the Seeds for Success Greenhouse and the Community Health Services Room. Overall, it was a very powerful and positive experience.
Cheyenne Aquatic Center
The City of Cheyenne, WY, held a grand opening for their Aquatic Center on May 1st. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place in Lions Park where Rick Parish, Parks and Recreation Director, welcomed the crowd and opened the event. The Cheyenne Municipal Pool remodel included new family/assisted changing rooms, renovated locker rooms, an updated customer service entrance, a climbing wall, new staff offices, energy efficiency upgrades and a new addition to the building which includes a play structure, zero-depth entry, new slides and a lazy river.
Excelsior Springs Community Center
Friday, April 24th marked the ground breaking for the Excelsior Springs Community Center¬, which has been a long time in the making! BRS first assisted the Excelsior Springs, MO, community with a study back in 2004. The $14.7 million project is estimated to be completed in May 2016 and will feature a leisure and lap pool, indoor waterslide, weights and fitness area, walk/jog track, community rooms, a senior center, child watch area, gymnasium and racquetball court.
Montrose Community Recreation Center and Fieldhouse
Braving the wind and weather, the citizens of Montrose, CO, came to the site of the Recreation District’s new center to celebrate its groundbreaking on April 24th. It was a memorable occasion for what will be a spectacular facility¬–one which some thought would never see the light of day. With golden shovels in hand, the crowd truly celebrated when the District Board, City and current District Staff began to break ground. The Montrose Community Recreation Center will include an approximately 5,000 SF leisure pool with a waterslide and lazy river, an 11-lane 25 yard x 9 lane 25 meter competition pool, fitness area, a children’s indoor play area and a two-level track.
Posted on July 2, 2015 at 11:05am
BRS celebrated the groundbreaking for the Move Castle Rock on Friday, March 12th with White Construction Group and tenant co-owners DGS and Where Food Comes From.Continue
The Move project brings a fresh new architectural style to Castle Rock, with intentions to provide modern industrial office space to cutting edge start-up companies wanting to remain in downtown Castle Rock. The eco-friendly four-story office building takes advantage of the best views in Castle Rock with operable garage doors and balconies on three floors. The first two floors will provide public parking to the revitalized downtown district, including plug-ins for electric cars. A photovoltaic array on the roof will offset 20% of the building’s energy use.
BRS’s design team, which included Frank Buono, Andrea Cunningham and Melissa Dalgetty, attended the groundbreaking and witnessed the drone-delivered champagne celebration. Tim White, owner of White Construction, received the teetering champagne bucket from the drone and proceeded to pop the top in front of the crowd of excited Castle Rock community members. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed pizza and beer provided by local companies: Granelli’s Pizzeria and Rockyard Brewing Company.
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Posted by Melissa Ford, AIA on March 30, 2015 at 03:41pm
Keith, Craig and I were just out in the Seattle area celebrating the groundbreaking of the Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center. It was great to be able to take a moment to stop and celebrate this milestone with the client team from the City of Sammamish and the YMCA—all of whom have worked so hard alongside us over the past few years during the design process. It also gave us a chance to get acquainted with our general contractor, Porter Brothers Construction, who will be cording the building of all the items we've painstakingly drawn, modeled and coordinated back here in the office. The groundbreaking ceremony, which took place on Thursday, June 12, was a great opportunity to once again see all the community leaders from City Council, the Parks Commission, the YMCA Board and our city staff team. Everyone there was thrilled to see their new center come one step closer to fruition.
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Posted on June 17, 2014 at 02:05pm
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