Now more than a year into the construction process of building our new facility at Mahackeno and with a little more than six months left to go before we expect to open the doors of our modern new home, the Westport Weston Family Y is celebrating another milestone: The excavation of our two adjoining pools at the heart of the Strittmatter Family Aquatic Center.
This week, excavators began scooping down into the dirt floor to create the two sub-surface shells for our 10-lane, 25-yard lap pool and the adjacent warm-water pool next to it that will be used for teaching, aqua exercise and recreational swimming.
The lap pool will be 9 feet in depth at its deepest point; the shallow pool will slope from “zero depth” to 3.5 feet.
The building is enclosed and supplied with temporary heat, which has allowed Turner Construction to continue work through this cold, snowy winter. Leaving the pool excavation to this point in the process enabled workers to finish such tasks as installing the ventilation ducts, electrical systems and lighting underneath the natatorium’s soaring ceiling.
As you can see from the accompanying photos
, most of the interior walls have been framed and are now in the process of being sheetrocked and taped. (Click here
to view a photo gallery of the latest images.)
With the new Y’s interior spaces taking shape, our construction/design partners are proceeding with the next phase of the project – finalizing the building’s furniture and fixtures. The Y is fortunate to have some expert help on this front. They include Anita Aubertine, Interiors Team Leader for Daxko T2 Consulting, which works with Ys across the country; Mark Minkley of Zubatkin Owner Representation, the firm that has helped guide our Y through the construction process; and Miggs Burroughs.
Miggs is serving as the Y’s “curator,” helping us give our new Y a look and feel that pays tribute to our past while helping to create bright, vibrant displays of graphics that will give our Y a fresh and inviting new look for our future. A nationally known graphic designer, author and artist, Miggs is very much at home at Mahackeno: He was a summer camper as a kid and has belonged to our Y for much of his life, even serving on our volunteer Board of Directors for many years. (Miggs is shown below, at left, on a recent site visit.)
“We’re a ways away from the ribbon cutting, but now we can see the capability that all this brick and mortar will bring to the Y for the next 90 years,” says Steve Halstead, who as a member of the Y’s volunteer Construction Committee has been on-site every week over the past year.
“It’s a shift from thinking about the process of building a building, to being able to see what the building is all about -- the spaces where the next generation of kids will learn to swim, find competitive outlets, healthy living opportunities and choices.”
Though we’re to the point where we’re looking at swatches and figuring out what artwork will grace our walls, there is much work yet to be done “Building What Matters.”
Work on the building’s exterior will continue into the spring to complete the stonework, roofing and siding. After that, the remaining in-ground work will be finished, which will allow for the grading of the parking areas and, in turn, the start of landscaping. The intricate tasks of finishing the interiors – from the ceramic tiles of our locker rooms to the fiber-optic wiring – will continue, along with a thousand other items on Turner’s to-do list.
“Even with the bad weather, work is progressing on time and on budget, and we’re confident we’ll be able to move from our old home to our new Y this fall as planned,” says Leslie L. Wolf, a member of both the Y’s Board of Directors and Construction Committee. “We’ve got the right people, with the right attitudes, and everybody is working well together. I can’t imagine having a more resourceful team to work with.”
Our new Y will begin as a 54,000 sq. ft. building, to be known as the Bedford Family Center
. In addition to the Aquatic Center, the facility will include the Robin Tauck Wellness Center, with expansive views of the Saugatuck River and a multi-purpose Gymnasium, for basketball, volleyball and racquet sports, including Pickleball
. There will be three group-fitness studios; a Child Watch/Kids’ Adventure Gym area; small café for members; five locker rooms, including one for those with young children or dependent care; and other amenities of a modern, family-oriented Y facility.
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Shown below: The lovely winter views from our new Wellness Center.