County seeks proposals for community center design |

County seeks proposals for community center design

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Proposals are being accepted for design and cost estimates of the new Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

County Manager Steve Mokrohisky said the conceptual design, cost estimates and design manual will serve as the basis for construction of the new facility.

“This is the beginning of a comprehensive and public process to follow through on our commitment to build a community and senior center that reflects the needs of our residents,” Mokrohisky said.

“The next step in this process is to select a qualified firm to develop conceptual plans and design features. We will then move to selecting a design build team and pursuing construction of the facility.”

The deadline is 3 p.m. Nov. 10 to deliver the required information.

A design team of representatives from county staff, Parks & Recreation Commission, Senior Services Advisory Council and the community will evaluate each statement of qualification and make a recommendation to the county manager and county commissioners in December.

This facility is proposed to be located in Herbig Park across the street from Lampe Park.

Commissioners voted in August to authorize an increase in the public utility operator license fee by half a percent, generating $425,000 a year for construction and maintenance of the center.

The proposed $14.4 million facility will accommodate 500-600 people, more than four times the number of seniors who crowd into Douglas County Senior Center for lunch five days a week and other activities.

Plans call for a 25,500-square-foot senior center; 9,300-square-foot community rooms and 28,500-square-foot gymnasium and health and wellness facilities including two regulation basketball courts, four regulation volleyball courts and an indoor jogging track.

The senior center would have a dining room/multipurpose room with a seating capacity of 500-600 people and a stage; senior daycare and community health; commercial kitchen, gift shop and classrooms.

Community Services Director Scott Morgan has said the construction schedule is 2-4 years out.