Federal Way Community Center
Federal Way Community CenterFederal Way, WA
The Federal Way Community Center provides programs to serve citizens of all ages and abilities in this growing community of about 100,000 residents. In addition to leisure and lap pools, the building features a three-court gymnasium, fitness spaces, a climbing wall, a seniors’ lounge, and community spaces that include classrooms, a preschool and a multipurpose room.
The center resembles a village of small buildings. Simple shed roofs and building shapes common to the Pacific Northwest reflect this concept. Masonry, wood, cement siding and natural concrete blend comfortably into the natural setting.
The building’s interior plan is organized around “streets” with gathering spaces. A short street becomes a central lobby that flows from the entry past a cafe with windows to the pool area and finishes in the Forest Room, a cozy space nestled into outside conifer trees. Second-level fitness spaces overlook the pool and the climbing wall. Designs in the floors and walls evoke natural pools and earth strata. Natural light is introduced to all spaces, and high-efficiency fixtures and lighting controls allow for energy savings.
The aquatics component accommodates simultaneous competition events in the lap pools, and a glass wall separates the highly active leisure pool, which features a lazy river, a fun slide, an interactive play feature and recreational lap swimming.
Project DetailsArchitect: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture; Denver, Colo.
ASSOCIATED FIRM: Arai Jackson Ellison Murakami Seattle, Wash.
PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT: GreenPlay LLC Broomfi eld, Colo.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Water Technology Inc. Beaver Dam, Wis.
Construction Cost: $15.1 million
Square Feet: 69,000
Occupancy: March 2007
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Performance Sports Systems
Bleachers: Collegiate Pacific
Bleachers/Grandstands: Collegiate Pacific
Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems
Cleaners/Vacuums: Harmsco Inc.
Cleaners/Vacuums: Aqua Products Inc.
Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls
Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems
Elliptical Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Exercise Balls: AGM Group/Aeromat
Filters: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Filters: Pentair Water Pool and Spa
Flooring, Fitness Center: Action Floor Systems LLC
Free Weight Equipment: Paramount Fitness Corp.
Gutters: Grate Technologies
Handicapped Equipment: RehaMed International LLC
Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Lighting: Insight Direct
Pilates Equipment: Thera-Band Products/Hygenic Corp.
Rowers: Concept2 Inc.
Sanitization Systems: Hanovia Limited
Saunas/Whirlpools: Mr. Steam
Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products
Stair Climbers: StairMaster Health & Fitness Products Inc.
Starting Blocks: Spectrum Aquatics
Stationary Bikes: Star Trac
Strength Equipment: Paramount Fitness Corp.
Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.
Treadmills: Precor Incorporated
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Schelde North America
Wall Padding: Performance Sports Systems
Water Play Features: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.