The Denver Jewish Community Center plans to break ground in May on the first phase of a multi-phase, $50 million addition to the Robert E. Loup JCC that will include a fitness area and office space.
The organization has already raised $20 million of the funding and will raise the rest through private donors and foundations, according to Talia Haykin, chief marketing and communications officer for the JCC. The entire project is expected to take three to four years to complete.
Conversations about the renovation and addition had been ongoing for five years, according to Haykin, but during the past two years, final planning began to take place for the 135,000-square-foot addition of which 63,000 square feet will be a fitness facility.
"The facility was showing its age," she wrote in an email to Club Industry. "There have been no significant remodels to the building since the early 1990s other than the new Elaine Wolf Theatre, and programs and space requirements have changed over the years. This facility will have state-of-the-art programming and spaces that reflect the needs of the program and our members."
Current offerings at the JCC include an indoor cycle studio, hot yoga, Pilates, full-size basketball courts, cardio and weight room, indoor and outdoor salt-sanitized pools and locker rooms with hot tubs, steam rooms and a shvitz. Additionally, the JCC offers nutrition seminars and general healthy lifestyle programming.
The addition will allow the JCC to expand its current offerings and add more. The new fitness facility will have spa-inspired locker rooms; an indoor running track; two full-size basketball courts; and nine fitness studios for personal training, yoga, group exercise, CrossFit, Pilates, group cycle and more. The cardio room and the weight room will be expanded.
The addition also will include a 15,000-square-foot outdoor field, lit for nighttime play and a café and lounge. The aquatics center will expand to include an outdoor lazy river, zero-entry pool with water slide, indoor six-lane lap pool, indoor family pool with water slide and year-round outdoor four-lane lap pool.
The JCC's self-contained tennis center will be moved and upgraded. The new tennis center will be a climate-controlled fabric and metal structure with six ATP-approved tennis courts, a pro shop, locker rooms, 100 dedicated parking spaces, indoor elevated viewing area and outdoor party deck.
The first phase of the project includes the fitness, aquatics and tennis centers. Completion is expected in spring 2017.
The next phase will involve repurposing the old fitness facility into a family center and constructing an office building to house local Jewish organizations as well as a study area for community members and a senior center.
A complete renovation of the Early Childhood Center is expected in summer 2016.