The Centralia Foundation commissioned Hastings+Chivetta to prepare a Master Plan Study for a community recreation center.
The master planning process included a demographic needs assessment and alternative design concepts. The final Master Plan Study provided space programming, site analysis, budget and operating costs required to start the design process. A phased plan was developed to outline a step-by-step construction process that would allow components to be built as funding became available.
Using the study as a reference, the Centralia Foundation decided to renovate and expand an existing facility in the historic downtown area. Built near the site of the former railroad depot, the new Centralia Recreation Complex exterior’s architectural design and details are reminiscent of an old fashioned train, and this theme subtly compliments the adjacent rail system.
Recreational components include a two-court gymnasium with an elevated track, a multi-activity gym, a weight/fitness room and locker rooms. The natatorium has a 6-lane, 25-yard competition pool with observation deck and poolside spectator seating, a whirlpool spa and a 2,000-SF leisure pool with a slide and a raindrop fountain. Other amenities include a full service conference center, a child care center and administrative offices with work spaces. The lobby is distinguished by a two-story, sloped glass skylight.