Design & Amenities

View from Southwest

The design concept of the new Senior & Community Center reflects the Senior and Community priorities and five years of work with the Redmond community, stakeholders, and seniors. Highlights of the current design include:

  • Senior-dedicated spaces, including a Lounge & Library
  • A large multipurpose Community Room and commercial kitchen featuring flexible layouts to accommodate the senior nutrition program, events, banquets, lectures, cultural events, performances, and other recreation activities
  • Active recreation areas, including flexible gym space, group exercise studio, an elevated indoor walk/jog track, and stretching area
  • Locker rooms, showers, restrooms, a lactation room
  • Classroom spaces for art, music, games
  • Meeting rooms for community use
  • A Kids Zone for Redmond’s youngest community members

RSCC Site Plan

The building design has been thoughtfully planned with integrated sustainability measures:

  • The building will be LEED certified, with materials being selected for their resilience and durability, and will be sourced locally when possible.
  • Efficient mechanical, plumbing, electrical, windows/doors, and appliances have been selected.
  • A rooftop solar panel installation will provide 50% of the energy needed to operate the building. The solar panels are an opportunity for the Redmond community and businesses to get involved. More information about becoming a Solar Champion is here.

View from elevated walk jog track

Exterior Design Concept & Amenities

The project architects, landscape designer, and engineers worked together to develop the design of the exterior of the building while also incorporating existing assets, such as the outdoor pickleball courts, heritage trees, and the expansion grassy areas that will continue to be used for community events, picnicking, classes and summer camp activities.

The current exterior design features include:

  • Large windows and natural light
  • Concrete walls and cross-laminated timber (CLT)
  • Warm colors and panels
  • Design elements that blend into the surroundings
  • Multiple outdoor terraces
  • Outdoor vegetable gardening

Outdoor Terraces

The design includes three outdoor gathering areas:

  • Seating, tables, and weather protection on the Community Terrace adjacent to the Community Room
  • Seating and tables on the Senior Terrace adjacent to the Senior Lounge
  • Seating, tables, and shade protection adjacent to the Active Recreation Space

Indoor Design Concept & Amenities

The Redmond community, the Recreation Stakeholder Group, and city staff and leadership have contributed to a comprehensive vision for the interior design of the Senior & Community Center. The vision speaks to the importance of making all of Redmond’s diverse communities feel welcome and included.

Public art will also be an important element to the facility design, with opportunities outside and inside the building to celebrate Redmond’s culture, history, and diversity. In collaboration with the City, Opsis Architecture has chosen Joe Thurston to lead the development of the Art Master Plan for the project that will incorporate art installations across the site. His public artwork is recognizable throughout the Pacific Northwest and uses diverse and unusual materials, including light projection, wood, glass, resin, and steel.

All furniture shown appears to show approximate scale of the rooms. Furnishing colors and materials have not been finalized at this stage.

Fitness Zone

Active Recreation Space

  • Elevated walk/jog track
  • Multipurpose gym space for indoor pickleball, basketball, and other activities
  • Cardio & free weight room
  • Group exercise studio for yoga, dance, stretching, and Zumba classes
  • Stretching area
  • Large windows and natural light, with shades to block sunlight for specific activities

Common Areas

  • Seating throughout the building for gathering and small conversations
  • Three building entry points: from the North (Senior Entry), West (from the Trail) and East (Main Entrance)
  • Clear sightlines from end-to-end in the building
  • Administrative offices 
  • Volunteers room

Special Program Areas and Meeting Space

  • Flexible room space for art, music, rehearsals, and a green room
  • Kids Zone
  • Storage in each space for supplies, tables, chairs, and other equipment
  • Community meeting room available to rent for nonprofit meetings or HOA meetings
  • Private meeting rooms for appointments with healthcare providers

Senior Dedicated Areas

  • Senior Lounge, with a variety of flexible layouts and furniture types
  • Large windows for natural light
  • Adjoining outdoor terrace 
  • Computers for community use
  • Senior Library
  • Coffee bar

Community Room

  • Large multipurpose room with sub-dividable walls for events of various sizes
  • Host of weekday senior lunch program
  • Raised stage for performances
  • Special acoustics and technology accommodations
  • Flexible layout accommodates lectures, performances, concerts with seating up to 400
  • Available to the community as a banquet, wedding, or celebration space
  • Large, adjoining outdoor terrace   

Multi-use community room