THE HEIGHTS Renovation

For the latest renovation updates visit this link from THE HEIGHTS

November 6, 2018

To check out the latest updates on THE HEIGHTS Renovation as presented at the 11/5/18 Town Hall meeting, click here

August 27, 2018

Presentation given at the 8/20/18 City Council Meeting about THE HEIGHTS renovation

HEIGHTS Renovation Timeline
As of 8.20.2018



Design Phase


Conceptual Design

March 2018 - August 2018

Design Development

September 2018 - October 2018

Construction Documents Developed

November 2018 - December 2018

Bid Process

January 2019 - February 2019

Construction Phase


Phase I: Indoor Swimming Pool Area`

March 2019 - August 2019

Phase II: Gymnasium, Fitness and Balconies  

September 2019 - February 2020

Project Finish

March 2020

August 15, 2018

THE HEIGHTS is Preparing for Renovation

Many HEIGHTS users participated in a study completed in 2017 that identified needs and deficiencies within THE HEIGHTS Community Center and Memorial Library.  Since that time, a design team comprised of city staff, architects and construction managers has been formulating ideas to address these needs. The design team presented what’s proposed at the City Council Meeting on Monday, August 20th.  The proposed renovation is estimated over 18 months. Six months would be for pool construction, followed by 6 months for the fitness area.

For updates, check back here often or on THE HEIGHTS’ Facebook page in the months to come.

February 21, 2017

THE HEIGHTS Community Center and Memorial Library to Receive Facelift

On October 31, 1998, ground was broken for THE HEIGHTS.  Two years later on December 4, 2000 the 73,000 square foot community center and memorial library opened their doors and the popularity has not wavered.  Since that time, over 10 million guests have visited THE HEIGHTS, whether it is utilizing library services, participating in various recreations programs, swimming, working out in the fitness areas, shooting hoops in the gym, attending a meeting or reception or visiting with neighbors.

With all of this came needs for increased maintenance and exploration of renovation and expansion.  In 2010, when THE HEIGHTS had its 10th birthday, a master plan for parks and recreation facilities and services was completed, which included the recreation center and library.  Based on the evolution of customer needs, the local market, and emerging deficiencies in building systems, renovation and expansion was recommended.

Now six years since that study it was time to revisit addressing these issues.  In October of 2016, CannonDesign was hired to complete the study, which included many meetings with staff, conducting public surveys both on-line and in person, completing facility audits, and many conceptual design iterations.  From this a recommendation was formulated.

From the surveys the public was asked about usage patterns (how often and areas used), with thoughts and ideas on areas needing improvements, enhancements or expansion.  From this it showed that approximately 25% used the library 1 – 3+ times per week, and over 50% visited monthly. On the recreation side approximately 25% visited weekly, with over 60% using the facility 2 – 3 times or more per week.  In the library the top three areas utilized were the check-out service, home access of materials and the areas for quiet study. The top vote getters on the recreation side were the fitness center, indoor pool and locker rooms.

The survey also touched on features and improvements patrons want to see.  In the library guests felt that greater adult programming, more copies of bestsellers, additional children’s material, easier access to the drive-up book drop, and more quiet study areas were needed.  They also liked the dynamics of a stronger connection between the library and the recreation center. For the recreation center, survey participants felt the top 6 features were expanded fitness, renovated pool, improved locker rooms, a larger track, more natural lighting and a separate program room.

From this information, 3 concepts were designed, giving the public opportunities to voice their opinions once again.  Each layout attempted to include all of the ideas presented, including varying levels of expansion and renovation.

Overwhelmingly both the public and staff liked Concept 3, with modifications.  This concept presented the most flexibility, was the least expensive and caused least amount of disruption.  

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