Federal Way Community Center

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Federal Way Community Center

Federal Way, WA 2008

Project Description

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 Details

Architect: Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture; Denver, Colo.
ASSOCIATED FIRM: Arai Jackson Ellison Murakami Seattle, Wash.
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.

Surface: SGM

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.