Southern Area Aquatic & Recreation Complex
The Southern Area Aquatic and Recreation Complex (SAARC) is the first Multi-Generational Community Recreational Center in Prince George’s County, and will include a natatorium, a gymnasium, a fitness room and flexible programmable space. It will be constructed on property owned by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) – Brandywine Area Park – located just north of the intersection of Missouri Avenue and Brandywine Road. Future phases of parkland development may include additional site amenities, an expansion of the natatorium, and/or additional recreation space to accommodate performing arts and/or ceramic arts.
On September 18, 2013, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission adopted Prince George’s County’s first comprehensive plan for parks, recreation and open space. It is referred to as Formula 2040: Functional Master Plan for Parks, Recreation and Open Space. This Plan provides policies to guide the planning of future parks, recreational facilities and programs and maintenance service facilities, as well as the rehabilitation and modernization of existing park and recreation facilities.
A key recommendation of Formula 2040 is to move from the current model of building small, less than 10,000 square foot community centers to constructing larger, multi-neighborhood-serving community centers or what is referred to in the Plan as “multi-generational community centers.” Multi-generational facilities provide an array of programs, simultaneously, to serve the recreation and leisure needs and interests of an entire family.
According to the service standards defined in Formula 2040, there is a need for additional recreational and aquatic facilities within the Southern Area of Prince George’s County. As a result, the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation has initiated plans to develop the county’s first multi-generational recreation facility -- The Southern Area Aquatic and Recreation Complex!
Planning Phase - (2011-2013)
Beginning in the winter of 2011, the Department of Parks and Recreation conducted several public forums and community surveys, with the goal of determining where the recreational facility should be built and what recreational programs should be offered. There was an expressed interest from the public for a “combination center” with aquatic and recreational components.
Soon thereafter, Parks and Recreation staff developed a Feasibility Study/Business Plan for a multi-generational community center. The study included market and demographic analyses, competitor assessments, core program identification, site and facility building space programs, cost estimates, and strategies for revenue enhancement (see process graphic below).
Extensive community participation was key during the feasibility study development process. Delegate James Proctor (Legislative District 27A), now deceased, and former Chairman Mel Franklin of the County Council worked with the Department of Parks and Recreation to form a Southern Area Aquatic and Recreation Complex Community Advisory Committee. This group provided invaluable feedback concerning the design, construction, and future operation of the Southern Area Aquatic and Recreation Complex.
SAARC Feasibility Study Process Graphic:
Criteria Documents Phase
Criteria Documents - (August 2013 - August 2014)
The types of spaces and the use of those spaces were developed during the Criteria Documents Phase culminating in detailed architectural drawings, descriptions of floor plans, elevations and exteriors of the buildings, building performance criteria, and a site plan. Throughout the criteria documents development process, Parks and Recreation staff provided critical analyses and input concerning the projected operational needs for the facility. These documents were used during the Design/Build procurement phase to assist in the determination of a scope of services for the solicitation of a Design/Build firm.
Design/Build Procurement Phase
Design/Build Procurement - (November 2014 - March 2015)
It was determined that the final design and ultimate construction of the Southern Area Aquatic and Recreation Complex would follow the Design/Build project delivery method.
In June 2014, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, issued a Request for Expressions of Interests (REOI # 34-163) for Design/Build services for the Southern Area Aquatic and Recreation Complex. This procurement method allowed staff to review the qualifications of potential firms prior to submittal of development proposals.
After evaluating responses to the REOI, M-NCPPC shortlisted three Design/Build firms and requested detailed proposals from each one.
After evaluating each submitted RFP Bid, M-NCPPC selected Coakley & Williams Construction, Inc. as the Design/Builder of Record. Coakley & Williams Construction has extensive experience in the design/build delivery of recreation community centers, including the Rosedale and Bald Eagle Recreation Centers, the Fort McNair Fitness Center, and the Gonzaga High School Athletic facilities, all in the District of Columbia. Hughes Group Architects will be the architect of record as a subcontractor to Coakley & Williams Construction.
Design/Build Phase (Progress to Date)
In March 2016, the Design/Build Phase of the project began with the validation of the Design. A public meeting was held on May 10, 2016.
Looking ahead, the SAARC project team will be finalizing the contract with Coakley & Williams Construction including the final design plans, and applying for pertinent development permits. Following permit approvals, an 18-month construction period is anticipated, following the groundbreaking that took place in the fall of 2016.
SAARC Milestone Schedule
For more information, please call M-NCPPC staff at 301-699-2255.