PenMet Parks is reviewing a preliminary draft of the Feasibility, Concept Design, and Proforma Report (10 Mb PDF). This report, prepared by the design team with significant community input, studied various space types and layouts and contains a recommended program and staffing mix within the project budget, is financially sustainable, and can be expanded in phases.
The PenMet Parks Board of Commissioners reviewed the preliminary draft during a public meeting on December 1, 2020. The design team – led by BLRB Architects and Barker Rinker Seacat (BRS) – plans to incorporate feedback from that meeting into an updated draft that will be reviewed during a public Park Board study session at 4 pm on December 15.
The study began in the summer of 2020. The design team worked closely with the PenMet Board, PenMet staff, community stakeholders on the project Steering Committee, and members of the public. Conducting the project in this manner allows for the development of a facility that directly reflects the indoor recreation programming needs of the PenMet community.
During the program study, there were four steering committee meetings, along with two public meetings to gain insight into the PenMet community’s wants and needs. These meetings were conducted in a virtual environment due to COVID-19. Although this added a challenge to the process, it also spurred opportunities to hear more voices through interactive presentations and activities. These efforts will continue throughout the project so that PenMet ensures the center continues to accurately reflect the community’s needs inside and out.
The study includes an operational analysis and business planning proforma of expenses and revenue potential. This planning is based on educated financial assumptions and projections through detailed market analysis and evaluation of PenMet goals. The proforma, which is currently in development, provides insight and performance information that reflects how PenMet expects to operate the facility from a financial perspective.
The outcome of this study is that there is a high level of confidence that PenMet can support a new community recreation center with the program outlined in this report. Based on the $22 million construction budget, the report recommends building an initial phase of the Community Recreation Center at around 66,400 square feet.
Public comment is welcome. After reviewing the 63-page report, you can share your thoughts or ask questions by emailing info@PenMetParks.org.
- 4 pm, December 15, 2020: Board of Park Commissioners discussion of the second draft
- 6 pm, January 5, 2021: Board of Park Commissioners is scheduled to vote to approve the final report and proceed to the schematic design phase