By RITA DUCKWORTH
Swansea-based Holland Construction Services is managing construction of the Fairview Heights Recreational Complex. The firm broke ground in October 2017 for the $17 million facility that will benefit city residents of all ages.
“The 58,000-square-foot, two-story building is a ‘walkout’ style,” says D.J. Weymouth, Holland’s project manager. “You’ll enter on the main floor. Downstairs, a lower level will open to the outside. The design follows the natural slope of the land, so significant changes to the terrain weren’t necessary.”
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will relocate to the new building. In addition to the offices, party and meeting rooms will be available for community use.
The structure will house a full aquatic center with a pool, children’s splash area, large slide and lazy river. A full fitness center will include weights and exercise machines, plus group fitness rooms. A running track will look down onto two basketball courts that can be reconfigured for volleyball or pickleball. The most unusual feature is a unique climbing wall system called a Clip ‘n Climb.
Outside, the 31-acre site will feature a running track, soccer fields and walking trail. Holland will replant the area with plants that offer a habitat for bees and butterflies.
EWR Architects provided the original design, calling for a mixture of structural steel, structural masonry and glass. “Some of the design features require careful sequencing and planning early in the project,” says Weymouth. “The building has exposed steel joists and decking. Curved walls of glass, masonry and metal panels will be in three areas. Large metal wing walls will stick out on the front and back of the building. With design aspects that are also holding up the building, you only have one chance to get it right.”
Completion of the complex is expected in the spring of 2019.
By RITA DUCKWORTH