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Wardman Community Center & Pool - Update

Posted by City of Desert Hot Springs on Sep 2, 2020 1:11:25 PM

Even in a pandemic, Desert Hot Springs is moving forward! The Wardman Community Center and Pool project is progressing nicely, with contractors presenting the following video of what the finished project could look like at last night's City Council Meeting.


Take a tour!


2020-0604 Wardman Pool Walkthrough (1)


Today, the Wardman Community Center and Pool is closed to the public, after 2018 investigations found serious code violations. 


On April 25, 2018, Nicol Construction Inc. was contracted to complete the demolition and removal of substandard items from the building and pool equipment room, including items from the HVAC system, electrical lines, plumbing items, non-structural diving walls, ADA non-compliant restrooms, substandard pool equipment and other miscellaneous items. 


On February 10, 2020, the City of Desert Hot Springs then contracted STK Architecture to develop plans showing the existing structures that remained, and to complete plans and specifications for the future Renovation Design of the Community Center and Pool.


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STK Architecture was contracted to:

  • Document and record all measurements of the building and pool
  • Create a rendering of the current building and pool
  • Create a rendering of the designed new building and pool
  • Develop an engineer's estimate of cost for construction

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During the initial design process, STK Architecture determined that the existing structure was in sufficiently good shape so that it could be renovated and brought up to current standards and codes. In particular, exterior features needed to be reconstructed to meet new ADA standards, from the pool deck to entrances, exits, restrooms, and more. Renovating the existing structure instead of building an entirely new one significantly cut down on projected construction costs. 


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Finally, the design and estimates for the Wardman Community Center and Pool Renovation Project have been completed. 


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The park, at the northwest corner of Cactus Drive and 8th Street, will feature a 2,940 square foot Community Center, and a 74'9" by 34'10" pool. Additional upgrades will include ADA-compliant restrooms, a lifeguard office, shade structures, a secure block wall and fencing.


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The City requested that the project be separated into two phases: exterior improvements (including the pool) and interior improvements for the community center. The estimated cost for exterior improvements is $2,411,674, and the estimated cost for interior improvements is $301,329.


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As discussed at last night's meeting, City Staff is diligently working on obtaining grant funding for one or both phases of the project. Construction will begin when funds are secured.


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Stay tuned to this site and the City Facebook page for more information!


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