BELMONT, NC – The City of Belmont is making headway on plans for a new, 42,000 sq. ft. recreation center. Located between the newly renovated CityWorks building and Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park, the facility is expected to elevate the City’s recreational program offering and spark future economic development throughout the region.
Designed with the notion that access to recreational spaces are what encourage a healthy population, CPL has led the charge in developing innovative concepts for a modern, multi-purpose facility with contemporary design features.
The approved design includes space for three high school regulation basketball courts, six volleyball courts, a state-of-the-art media room for teen programming, an indoor walking track, and multiple fitness classrooms. Conceptual renderings also include a large, multi-purpose room with a balcony overlooking the Catawba River – an ideal space to host future events.
“The location of this facility is probably one of its best attributes,” explained CPL Project Manager, Rachel Nilson, AIA. “In addition to across the street from direct river access, the building will sit along one of the main routes that leads people downtown. It’ll end up serving as a nice ‘front door’ that welcomes people into the City.”
Nilson added that the facility will likely be connected to a new greenway system and located adjacent to a future dog and skate park.
Construction for the project is likely to begin end of Summer 2021, with an anticipated completion date in Fall 2022.
“There’s a lot of exciting growth happening in Belmont,” said Nilson. “It’s an honor to play a role in fueling that growth by integrating creative opportunities for recreation and wellness into the community.”
The CPL team provided architectural, M/E/P engineering and interior design services for the project. Together, they worked with structural engineers from Michael M. Simpson + Associates, Inc., civil engineer and landscape architects from Alfred Benesch & Co., and construction manager at risk partner, Edifice.
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 480-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Community, Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education and Transportation market sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients.