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Austin to Pick Contractor Before Year's End for $11M Recreation Center

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Proposed Montopolis Recreation & Community Center. Illustration courtesy of City 0f Austin.


Posted: 8-7-2017, 1:55 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Austin (Travis County) - The city of Austin anticipates recommending a contractor to City Council before year's end for the construction of a two-story, $11 million recreation center.

Designs are being finalized for the new Montopolis Recreation & Community Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive, in Montopolis Park.

The designer, McKinney York Architects, is seeking to achieve a LEED Silver certification for what is being described in state architectural records as a 33,141-square-foot building consisting of steel frame and tilt-up concrete walls.

The estimated start period for construction is February 2018, and it is to be substantially complete by June 2019.

The project scope includes space for a multi-sport gymnasium, commercial kitchen, boxing/fitness room, a multipurpose activity/learning/exercise room, teen space adjacent to the gym, a track, a lobby and support space, computer room, elevator, and meeting rooms. It will also accommodate rooms for a community/neighborhood center, youth-adult council, and the Austin Healthy Adolescent Program.



Ground Floor Plan. Courtesy of McKinney York Architects.


The recreation center project was approved in a 2012 bond election. The preliminary schematic phase began in 2015 and progressed to design development in 2016. A final design presentation was given during the Cinco de Mayo event at the existing Montopolis Recreation Center.

The new recreation center will be near the southwest corner of the intersection of Larch Terrace and Montopolis Drive. It will have its own surface parking lot with a drop-off area and an estimated 82 parking slots, in addition to landscaping adjacent to the building and around the plat perimeter.

The existing recreation center will be demolished. It is a two-story structure built in 1970 with a ground floor footprint of 14,944 square feet. Also being removed is a smaller office building of 4,200-square-feet that was built in 1980.


Fly-over view of the new Montopolis Recreation & Community Center. Courtesy of City of Austin.



The existing recreation center (right) and a smaller officer building (left) must be demolished to make room for the new recreation center.



The new recreation center will be located in the northeast sector of Montopolis Park. Map courtesy of city of Austin.



Illustration of the main entrance to the new center. Courtesy of McKinney York Architects.



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Adolfo Pesquera

Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.