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Hartford — The Upper Valley Aquatic Center recently completed a $4 million dollar expansion and renovation that includes new space for activities such as yoga and physical therapy, more office space, a bigger child care center, and a large family locker room with private changing suites.
Richard Synnott, the aquatic center's executive director, said the facility had been geared for swimming when it opened in February 2009, but sees its mission now as offering both aquatic and fitness programs.
"As we became more involved with local hospitals, senior aging centers, physical therapy, wellness and group exercise classes, it became evident that we needed to add space for those activities," he said in a news release. "Plus, our old locker rooms were not an ideal place for families who have children of various ages and genders. We wanted to satisfy those needs in the community as well."
The project, by Middlebury, Vt.-based Bread Loaf Construction, began in September 2016 and involved adding 10,000 square feet to the center and renovated the existing structure.
Decisions about the space and features to be added were made following a survey of center members.
"The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive," John Grainger, the center's fitness and personal training director, said in the release. "People love the space, the natural light and all of the color. It's a really great workout atmosphere."
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