Lake Oswego City Council evaluates tweaks to recreation and aquatics center design
While the Lake Oswego City Council made no policy decisions during its Tuesday afternoon meeting, councilors received the latest update on the recreation and aquatics center project.
During the Sept. 21 meeting, Parks Director Ivan Anderholm told the council the city and the Lake Oswego School District are committed to working with Scott Edwards Architecture and moving through the design development phase with a few minor tweaks to the site plan.
After $7 million was allocated to restore or rebuild the district pool via the 2017 approval of a $187 million LOSD capital investment bond, and additional funds were generated through the passage of a city parks and recreation bond in 2019, the district and the city signed a memorandum of understanding to build the pool on city property at the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course.
The golf course will then be reduced from an 18-hole par 3 course to a 9-hole executive course.
After the MOU was signed last summer, both parties were given 180 days to work toward an intergovernmental agreement that outlined items within that facility. The council voted again to extend that deadline until Dec. 31 of this year. Anderholm said the decision was not because the city and school district aren't working well together, rather they needed more time to prepare the IGA — especially since the district was busy planning for schools to reopen.
The facility will include a competitive swimming pool, a warm water recreation pool, dry activity and exercise rooms, classrooms for the Parks and Recreation Department, offices for the Parks and Recreation team members, a cardio weight room and a gym.
In June, councilors expressed interest in the largest and most expensive design shown. This option would pencil out at about $36.8 million — $15 million of which would be paid by the Lake Oswego School District.
"We're progressing pretty nicely," Anderholm said.
While the building plan will be similar to the one presented earlier this summer, the two parties decided to increase the size of the lobby to optimize the appearance and also slightly reconfigured the pools. Through refinement in the design process, architects and the city decided to have the suggested triangular-shaped warm water pool be rectangular, "which has resulted in cost savings as well as efficiency in the pool" Anderholm said.
For the competitive 12-lane pool, they decided — with input from the school district and swimming community — to orient the lanes vertically. Spectator seating would then be on the east and south side of the natatorium. The pools will also be ADA accessible.
The configuration design team also decided to add three regulation swim lanes in the recreation pool to open up more programming.
Anderholm said there will be one-way circulation in front of the building with secondary access on Overlook Drive.
"The new building itself will be 3 feet below the existing clubhouse," said Anderholm, adding that it provides an opportunity for a more horizontal plaza and vertical separation of the existing clubhouse as they transform that into a flexible program space.
Staff will return before the council in late October or early November with a cost estimate and a more refined design.
For more information, visit the city's website.
Council approves manager to sign amendment to design contract
Also during the Sept. 21 meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to approve the city manager to sign a professional design services contract with Scott Edwards Architecture — the firm designing the recreation and aquatics center. The contract amount is not to exceed $435,900.
"The costs included in this amendment were included in the June 15, 2021, presentation to City Council as soft costs in the Estimated Schematic Design Level Construction Cost Summary," read the staff report. "This increase was anticipated based on the increase of the size and scope of the project."
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