By Chris Valuck
With the Board of Trustees’ approval to move forward on the Wellness Center Project, the architectural firm THW Design has been retained and designs are now being prepared to transform the southwest corridor of the ground level of the tower which is the current location of all group classes and now referred to as the “club level.” Offering something for everyone, the Wellness Center will nurture mind and body by providing opportunity for creative pursuits such as woodworking and art, as well as the physical and social experience of group fitness and after-class socializing. The Spa will be relocated to the club level to provide massage therapy and facials.
The design of the space will be ‘open concept,’ with windows replacing most of the southwest walls to take advantage of the beautiful waterfront views. Although the design is open concept, the art studio, woodworking, and the group fitness rooms will be private spaces off the main hub of the center, but still with the ability to appreciate nature through windowed walls. The art studio will be self-contained with individual studio tables and lockers, as well as an area for art classes. The woodworking studio will also be part of the design with a designated space. The Spa will be more easily accessible once relocated to the Wellness Center. A recreation space is also planned for socializing and interactive sports, i.e., Wii. The group fitness room will have sound suppression walls, mirrored walls, and hard-surface floors to accommodate many different types of group classes as well as dancing, from line dancing to ballroom. The cardiovascular and resistance training space will include state-of-the-art equipment such as Nu-steps, elliptical, recumbent bikes, and pneumatic resistance training machines.
Good news! An additional staff person will be present on the floor to assist residents with orientations to the new equipment, as well as teaching additional group fitness classes.