Updated opening date announced
REDMOND, WA – Redmond’s new community gathering place continues to mark milestones and make great strides in construction. Next week, the community is invited to join the City of Redmond in celebrating the Redmond Senior & Community Center Topping Out Ceremony, as the project team places a beam in the tallest section of the building. The event will take place from 1 - 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at the construction site adjacent to Redmond City Hall at 15670 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052.
Planning for programming and operations is well underway for the facility, which is scheduled to open in May 2024. While this opening date is six months later than expected due to supply chain issues related to electrical equipment for the building, the extra time will allow for additional planning time to hire and train staff, as well as fine-tune programming.
“While we’ve experienced challenges with the timeline for the new Redmond Senior & Community Center, I am impressed with the creativity of staff and our contractor to continue moving the project forward with construction and planning for operations,” said Mayor Angela Birney. “I’m looking forward to celebrating the work to date at our Topping Out Ceremony, as well as continuing to watch the building take shape and transform.”
The City began outreach for the project in 2020, which confirmed Redmond’s need for a larger center to serve the senior population, while also serving the entire community with cultural arts, events, and multigenerational recreation experiences and gathering space. The Redmond Senior & Community Center will be a 52,000-square-foot facility. The building will utilize LEED-certified materials, efficient energy-conserving systems, and rooftop solar panels, which will provide 50% of the building’s electricity.
The new community center is on the site of the former Redmond Senior Center, adjacent to City Hall on Redmond’s Municipal Campus. The design concept includes a senior lounge and library, a multipurpose community room with a commercial kitchen, fitness areas, locker rooms, classroom and meeting space, and a gymnasium with a walk/jog track.
For more information about the project and to follow the progress, visit redmond.gov/RSCC.
Jill E. Smith, Communications Manager