Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center
Turner Construction Company
54 State Street, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12207
Woodward Connor Gillies & Seleman Architects
20 Corporate Woods Blvd., Albany, NY 12211
Location: Colonie, New York
Date Bid: Sep 2005 Construction Period: Sep 2005 to Dec 2006
Total Square Feet: 70,256 Site: 10 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 51,865; second floor, 18,391;
total, 70,256 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 13’4”; second floor, 16’8”; penthouse, 30’; total, 60’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall.
Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, CMU.
Structural Engineer: Ryan-Biggs Associates, P.C. - 291 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Quantum Engineering Company, P.C. - 48 Thatcher Street, Selkirk, NY 12158
Aquatic Engineer: Aquatic Development Group - 13 Green Mountain Drive, Cohoes, NY 12047
Construction can be a wet-and-wild process. The creation of the 70,256-square-foot Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center for the non-profit Colonie Youth Center Foundation flowed as smoothly as a serene “lazy river.”
The Recreation Center opened to the public with a splash, precisely as scheduled on January 1, 2007. Today, a wet-and-wild atmosphere emanates, along with shrieks of happy laughter, from the facility’s unique Aquatics Center.
The 18,000-square-foot Aquatics Center is an enticing destination within a destination. It represents the next generation of water entertainment; the first of its kind in the Northeast. It boasts a lap pool with depth-changing movable floor and wave machine; a 20-foot, multi-loop waterslide; an adjustable-current lazy river; a toddler splashpad; and, of course, pool and spa. A convenient “wet conference room” off the pool deck supports a multitude of uses, from birthday parties to first-aid classes, completing the venue’s vision as a morning-through-night, weekday-through-weekend venue for business and pleasure.
The energy and innovation built into the Aquatics Center ripple, like a well-muscled bodybuilder, throughout the two-story complex. Features include two full gymnasiums, walking/running track and state-of-the-art fitness center replete with aerobics studio and spacious community rooms. An elevator ensures universal access and large windows dot the entire facility, which is sited on a 130-acre park.
“The views are great,” declares Recreation Center Executive Director, Brian Hogan. “People can enjoy looking at the pool and the park while they exercise.”
Noting that the Center is the most ambitious project the Foundation has undertaken, Hogan confirms the construction process was an ‘exercise’ in cooperation. “The attention to detail paid by the architect, Turner and subcontractors made it smooth and seamless, from the day we turned the first shovel until the day we opened the doors.”
One challenge in creating the Center, explains Turner’s Project Manager Robert Wagner, was marrying the energy pulsing through the facility’s interior with an exterior in compliance with the Town of Colonie’s rigorous architectural standards. He reports, “We worked closely with the architect to ensure the exterior matched the architecture of existing buildings in the Crossings of Colonie Park. The architects selected products to resemble Crossings finishes; i.e., metal roofing, cupola with copper finial, fiber cement board siding and wood trellis.” Wagner says interior challenges included maintaining a vapor barrier around the Aquatics Center.
Construction of the $12 million dollar Recreation Center began in 2005, the 40th anniversary of the Foundation’s inception. Currently operating 18 local, on-site, before- and after-school programs, the Foundation created the Family Recreation Center to serve as a beacon of recreation and wellness. Attracting 26,000 people of all ages in its first month of operation – 5,000 jumping into the pool – the facility is admirably fulfilling its mission.
Some 180,000 people reside and work in Colonie. Each day, more of them are diving into a healthy lifestyle at the Ciccotti Family Recreation Center. In fact, the Town may want to create a slogan: “Colonie: The place to live, work, play … and swim! “
DIV. 7: Membrane: Firestone; Metal: Englert; Cupola: Superior Fiberglass.
DIV. 8: Windows, Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer.
DIV. 9: Flooring: Mannington, Roppe, Dal-Tile; Sports Floor: DynaForce®.
DIV. 10: Operable Partition: Hufcor.
DIV. 26: Lighting: Lithonia, General Electric, Peerless.