Planning and Improvements

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-324-8787
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 204
Fairfax, Virginia

Ryan J. Stewart,
Park Planning Supervisor

Mt Vernon RECenter Renovation and Fitness Addition

Mt. Vernon RECenter is located at 2017 Belle View Blvd. Alexandria, VA 22307 in the Mt Vernon District. The existing RECenter contains a 25-meter heated indoor pool with poolside spa, a child play area with play features, locker rooms with showers and sauna. The facility also contains a fitness center, multi-purpose rooms and a year round 200 foot by 85 foot indoor ice arena.

In spring 2014, FCPA hired Hughes Group Architects to perform an existing building assessment. In October 2014, Hughes Group Architects issued the Facility Condition Assessment and Life Cycle Cost Analysis report. This report identified building system deficiencies as well as building program and layout deficiencies. It was determined that a needs assessment and feasibility study was required to determine the future program of the RECenter and to make sure that the future program benefits the future building financial model as well as benefits the entire FCPA RECenter system financial model. The future program will need to be incorporated into the building to function and operate efficiently and address the current program and layout deficiencies.

In Summer 2015, FCPA hired Hughes Group Architects to perform a Feasibility Study for the renovation and expansion of the Mt Vernon RECenter. In July 2016, Hughes Group Architects issued the Feasibility Study report. This report documented the needs assessment and feasibility study to determine the future program of the RECenter and made sure that the future program will benefit the future building financial model as well as benefit the entire FCPA RECenter system financial model. The future program generated will be incorporated into the building to function and operate efficiently and address the current program and layout deficiencies.  It was determined based on the outcome of the feasibility study that in addition to the core building renovations and existing building lifecycle upgrades, that a fitness addition including more multipurpose rooms will be necessary to meet the desired needs.  The facility would also greatly benefit from an additional NHL ice rink and an additional Leisure pool with additional swim lanes. 

The 2016 Park Bond approved by the voters in November of 2016 included $20,000,000 for construction of the RECenter Renovation and Expansion as recommended in the Feasibility Study . Park Authority staff in partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Public Works (DPWES) Building Design and Construction Division are working as a team to advance the project design. The architectural firm of Ritter Norton Architects was selected to design the Core Renovation and Expansion project. Design of second sheet of ice will be completed as part of the RECenter Renovation and Expansion design, however, funding for construction of the second sheet of ice has not been identified at this time. The design of the project started in July of 2017. The project milestone schedule is below.

We will update this project web page throughout the process. For additional information, please contact Eric Inman at eric.inman@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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