community centers are rapidly taking shape
At its simplest, every building from the
Empire State Building to a small addition on a
housegoes through three main phases: planning,
building and operations.
Everyone who has ever built a home can sympathize.
You plan by saving money, choosing a lot and the
architect. You argue over where the portico is
going to go, haggle over closing costs, pray for
favorable mortgage rates. Youre there the
moment they break ground, and when the foundation
is first dug out youre excited, but its
just a big hole in the ground. Then the walls
go up, and out comes your camera. Thats
when the excitement starts.
For Platte Countys Brian Nowotny, J.E.
Dunn Constructions George Hazel and the
YMCAs Mark Hulet, that time is now.
Two community centers, one in Parkville and the
other in Platte City (pictures and architects
renderings are shown of the Platte City center),
are rapidly taking shape. They promise to offer
recreation offerings that heretofore havent
been available in Platte County. Combined, the
centers will offer more than 81,000 square feet
of swimming pools, gymnasiums, walking tracks,
aerobic areas, playgrounds and gathering space.
Im excited and the commissions
excited to see those walls going up,
Nowotny enthuses. Having construction workers
on site is a good thing, and the project is still
on schedule. You spend so much time getting out
of the ground
you buy the ground, get the
right grading, put the utilities in
you cant see. Now, you can see the progress.
In 90 days, weve literally seen the building
Hazel, a veteran of many construction projects
for J.E. Dunn, Platte Countys project lead,
says the project is progressing as expected.
Its going well
to say we dont have our issues
were pleased with our progress, Hazel
said. Were on schedule, which is where
we want to be. In general, theres been a
very high level of cooperation from contractors
on the job. Theres been a scheduling quality
that helps us complete our goals.
Hazel said that the building was about to enter
into another construction phase.
When you throw up walls and put up a roof,
thats when people get excited, Hazel
said. There will come a time in the near
future when progress wont be visible to
people on the street. Hazel said the contractors
on the project were waiting for a dry and
conditioned environment before serious inside
work could begin.
Invariably, after indoor work starts to take shape,
the people who plan on occupying the space begin
to come around, marking their territory and scouting
for prime locations.
For Hulet, vice president of member services
for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, the operation
phase is descending upon him and his staff. The
YMCA will be charged with running both the North
and South facilities under the terms of a partnership
agreement with the Platte County Commission.
The operating phase. Thats the part
where we come in and do what we do best
a facility that is state of the art for people
in need of the services and programs that we provide,
Hulet said. Its a unique experience
for the YMCA and a very humbling experience for
(Platte County) to ask us.
Hulet said that along with the responsibility
came higher visibility in the community.
Our marketing department is going kind
of nutty from all of the requests to attend special
events, openings and chamber events.
Hulet knows that his opening, projected for next
October in Platte City and January in Parkville,
will be one of those special events.
The calendar is already full, Hulet
said. Everybodys really excited.