Envision the Future of the Redmond Senior Center building

Redmond Senior & Community Center

An investigation in September 2019 found that the Redmond Senior Center needed a significant renovation or to be rebuilt. The City launched a public outreach process to involve the community in sharing their vision for the future of Senior Center building, and Redmond’s community centers. During the outreach process, the outcomes of the 2017 Community Priorities for the Future of Redmond’s Community Centers Report were revisted in which the community acknowledged the need for more community centers, fitness, and community event spaces. 

During the community engagement process in January and February 2020, the community was asked to evaluate options from renovating the Senior Center, to expanding it and including some new amenities. All community members were welcome to participate and provide their ideas.

After the first meeting and online questionnaire in January 2020, the project team compiled comments and data from the public meeting, stakeholder meetings, and the online questionnaire to develop concepts to share with the community at another meeting. The second meeting and online questionnaire took place in February 2020. 

Following the second meeting and questionnaire, the project team compiled the comments and data to finalize a recommendation for City Council in partnership with the Community Centers Stakeholder Group. The final recommendation from the Stakeholder Group Summary is to construct a 40,000 square foot Community Center with designated program space for seniors on the site of the existing Redmond Senior Center. This new facility is being referred to as the Redmond Senior and Community Center

The Stakeholder Group Summary Report was originally scheduled for discussion at the March 24, 2020 City Council Study Session. Due to COVID-19, it was postponed and City Council received a copy of the Stakeholder Group Summary Report as Information Only. Significant progress has been made on this project since March: 

  • City Council passed a resolution to authorize the application process for the GCCM (General Contractor and Construction Manager). This method allows for an alternate bid approach and allows the City to hire both the designer and contractor to work together in the build process. The State of Washington Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) approved the GCCM application for the City to proceed with this method on May 9, 2020.
  • The proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) 2021-2026 outlines the priorities for the next six years. The Redmond Senior and Community Center is a top priority with $20 million designated for this project in the CIP and an additional $25 million in tax revenue for a total project budget of $45 million. This proposal is subject to City Council approval.
  • At the June 23 City Council Study Session, City Council voted to authorize the Mayor to decommission and demolish the Redmond Senior Center building. City staff will move forward with an RFQ process to seek bids to move forward with this work. This decision will save $180,000 in one year and significant staff time. In addition, decommissioning the building in the dry season will be more efficient than waiting until next winter.

On July 28, 2020, the City Council Study Session will hold discussion reviewing the recommendations in the final report. This discussion will also include presentations from Recreation Stakeholders. In August 2020, City Council will be asked to approve the recommendation put forth by the Redmond Community Centers Stakeholder Group. If approval is received, a scope of work will be created to go out to bid for the designer and contractor for this project. There will be opportunities throughout the process to expedite the project to ensure that the urgent three year timeline is met.

For more information about this process, please email Carrie Hite, Parks and Recreation Director. The Final Building Investigation Report is also available.  

Senior Center Programs

For more information regarding Senior Center programming, go to redmond.gov/RSC.

Stakeholder Group Summary Report

To view the final report from the Stakeholder Group that will be presented to City Council, please click here.

Redmond Senior Center Timeline