The plans for expanding the Apex Community Center and creating the Apex Senior Center are in the last stages of review by the Town’s Technical Review Committee and various outside agencies. Barnhill Construction has been selected as the General Contractor / Construction Manager at Risk for the project and staff is meeting with them on a regular basis as we attempt to finalize the design and construction documents for the project to make sure that the project is delivered to the citizens of Apex in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.
Site work should begin in mid-November 2019. Town staff and Smith-Sinnett and Associates are working with Barnhill Construction to assure that the current Community Center, the Apex Town Hall, and the Town Hall Campus experience as little disruption as possible during construction.
When completed, the facility will include additional gathering, class room, and instructional areas that will allow the Town to significantly expand its offerings for seniors and those with special needs. When not being utilized for senior and special needs programming, the facility will be available for rentals and programming for all ages. In addition to funding from the 2017 Parks Bond, the Town has secured $100,000 from the State of North Carolina Revitalization and Economic Development Program to help fund the project.
Estimated Project Cost: $8.5 million
Multi-purpose / classrooms / activity areas for programs
Arts & Crafts room with kiln
Office space for outside agency consultation and programs
Informal activity space
Meeting the Needs:
Current Use of Apex Community Center: Senior (55+) and preschool programs share the same facility space throughout daytime hours. Evening hours are shared between youth and adult programs. Without additional facility space for night programming of youth, adult and seniors we are unable to adequately meet current and future demand.
Senior Adults Programming: In spring 2017, 32% of Senior programs had a wait list, most often due to space limitations. The need for additional space and facilities for senior programs will continue to grow due to the significant number of active adults who are choosing to call Apex home.
Youth & Adult Programming: The expansion building would primarily host Senior programs allowing for youth and adult programming space to become available in the existing building. Currently, a majority of non-athletic programs and youth summer camps in this facility have wait lists, and in many cases residents are forced to go to other municipalities to participate in preschool, youth, teen and adult programs. The Town’s current growth projections, especially of young families with children, will further add to the need for expanded programming accommodations.