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Semprebon Community and Recreation Center Feasibility Summary – “The Rock”

Prepared For: The Semprebon Committee

Prepared By: The Semprebon Recreation & Community Center Committee

Executive Summary As proposed, the Semprebon Center will be a 20,000 square foot multi-purpose facility. It will be owned by a non-profit organization set up specifically to own, manage and operate the facility. The organization will be governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of local residents dedicated to the ideals and passions of Mr. Semprebon. The Semprebon Center would be capable of supporting a diverse range of athletic pursuits and will be able to support cultural events, exhibits and meetings. Most importantly, the Center will provide guidance, stability and confidence to the youth of our community. It will provide a safe, inviting environment that will help keep kids off the street or from being home alone after school. The complex is designed to be co-located with existing amenities such as the bike path, Playground 2000, municipal tennis courts, basketball courts, skate board park, outdoor sports fields, Rotary Park and the municipal outdoor pool. The location also will facilitate utilization of existing equipment at Barre City Elementary & Middle School such as mountain bikes and other recreation equipment that is currently under-utilized. The cost of developing the Community Center is estimated at approximately $900,000 to $1.5 million. The complex will be managed and operated in such a way as to be self-sustaining.

Facility Concept The guiding principles were developed with the intent of shaping the future concept to best fit the needs of the Barre Community. Some of the key principles that shaped the Barre facility concept are: ·

Accessibility – The future center should be available to all members of the community regardless of age, gender, or physical ability.


Affordability – The cost of using the center should be low enough to ensure access by all members of the community including those facing financial hardship.


Safety – The facilities should be equipped with all necessary safety equipment, and staff should work to ensure a safe, clean, recreational environment.


Program Diversity – Activities and program should cover a broad spectrum of the community’s interest.


Energy Efficiency - The building itself should be designed as green as possible within the constraints of our budget and take advantage of existing infrastructure when possible.


Site– The location should be conveniently located for prospective users and in proximity to other complementary amenities such as the bike path, school facilities, swimming pool, skate park, playground and sports fields.

Vision for the Semprebon Recreation & Community Center The Semprebon Recreation & Community Center will be a state of the art, multi-functional community center and athletic complex shared by our local schools, the community and the Granite City Boys & Girls Club. The Mission: To inspire and enable young people, including those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible citizens and to foster healthy lifestyles for all.

Community Center The Community Center will serve the residents of Barre and surrounding communities with a focus on attracting and serving our youth. The 3,000 Square Foot facility will be adaptable to many different programs and events. The center will be open and inviting. Natural lighting will contribute to the warmth of the space. The facilities will include a large area that could be used for organized activities as well as a lounge area for students after school. The Lounge will have a kitchen, bathrooms, a utility room with laundry, as well as activities to engage active pre-teens (foosball, ping pong, pool table, internet connected pc’s, large screen TV etc.). In addition, it will include one “classroom� type area designed for the middle school children with a quiet place to do school work and receive assistance with their homework.

Recreation Center The Recreation Center will be the home of a 17,000 Square Foot Omni Grass turf indoor field designed primarily for indoor soccer, lacrosse and football use, but could be used by many of the area sports teams for practice year round but especially during the winter and early spring months. The field will include an elevated mezzanine area for spectator viewing and additional program space. Additionally, the field will be surrounded by an indoor track which could be used by area residents and sports teams as well. Beyond use as an athletic complex we believe that the facility will provide opportunities to attract outside functions, exhibits and events that will provide an economic benefit to the community. It also provides alternatives for events such as graduation or other weather dependent programs.

Facility Emphasis The facility will be youth and family-oriented. However, there will be a broad range of activities that engage people of all ages.

Facility Cost Based on facility costs of between $45 and $75 per square foot, a 20,000 square foot facility will cost between $900,000 and $1.5 million to design and build (See Table 1). We will take advantage of existing infrastructure such as roads, parking and related amenities to keep our budget as modest as possible. Since we are proposing that the complex be built on the school grounds no land acquisition costs would be necessary. We believe that we can bring the project in at the lower end of the range. A smaller facility would naturally cost less. Table 1 Facility Cost Estimates Percent of Cost Category Total Cost Land Cost n/a Architectural & Engineering Cost 5% Building Cost 80% Other Cost 15% Total Cost 100%


Cost Per Square Foot $60

$45,000 $720,000 $135,000 $900,000

$60,000 $960,000 $180,000 $1,200,000


$75,000 $1,200,000 $225,000 $1,500,000

Because the facility reviewed in this analysis is only at the conceptual stage, some change in the final construction cost estimate is inevitable. The final facility design should include a much more detailed construction cost estimate. These more detailed cost estimates will include a line-item analysis for various facility components. This will result in a more refined cost estimate than the simple cost per square foot method we applied.

Facility Budget REVENUES Sources Daily Admissions (1) Memberships (2) Facility Rentals (3) Grants (4) Donations/Banners Total Revenues

$ 9,000 $ 3,000 $144,000 $ 85,000 $ 15,000 $256,000

EXPENSES Item Staff (5) Utilities (6) Purchased Services Supplies Maintenance Marketing Replacement Reserve Other Total Expenses

Amount $90,000 $60,000 $40,000 $ 7,500 $20,000 $ 2,500 $20,000 $ 5,000 $245,000

Percent of Total 37% 25% 16% 3% 8% 1% 8% 2% 100%

Notes: (1) 30 visits per day, 200 days a year @ $1.50 (2) 25 memberships @ $30 per quarter ($120/year) (3) 180 days per year, 8 hours per day @ $100/hour (4) Cityscape (Boys & Girls Club) provided staffing plus other grants (5) 3 FTE’s plus some volunteers at no cost. (6) $3 per square foot (20,000 SF x $3)

Endowment Beyond annual donations, the Board of Trustees would be soliciting donations to fund an endowment that would be invested and built-up over the long term to give the organization financial strength and stability. In the near term, these donations would be used to fund the gap, if any, between commencement of operations and achieving levels of self sustaining revenues.

Summary Our community is home to a significant youth population. A large number of these children and teens come from troubled circumstances and lack the guidance necessary to help them reach their full potential as human beings and as productive members of our community. The complex would be co-located with the Barre City Elementary & Middle School to take advantage of the many existing amenities and to allow easy student access after school. The proposed Semprebon Center would leverage existing community assets combined with new facilities and programs that will promote the importance of physical activity to all especially our youth. Children will enhance their school work through math, science and literacy activities. They will learn to make healthy food choices, learn to support their neighbors through community service projects, and learn to make better life choices as well as how to make exercise a regular part of their lives.

Existing Facilities In or Around BCEMS Campus

Bike Path

Swimming Pool

Rock Climbing Wall

Playground 2000

Tennis Courts

Weight Room

Basketball Courts and Skate Park

Not Pictured Rotary Park Shelter, Baseball Field, Soccer Fields, Football Practice field, Community Gardens

Existing Programs Cityscape The current Cityscape program provides out-of-school time activities for the 5th-8th grades of Barre City. The programs usually occur for the two hours after school, but run longer during the winter breaks and summer vacation. In the 2010-2011 school year, 229 children have attended their programs. Cityscape is currently funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the Boys & Girls Club of America, the LLH/LHM Foundation and the US Department of Education Carol White Physcial Education Program. Cityscape is managed by the Washington County Youth Service Bureau.

Barre Youth Mentoring Program Barre City Elementary and Middle School currently has a number of mentoring programs designed to address all ages. These programs are as follows: · Kids & Company – Grades K-2 - Designed for young children to talk, play, read and socialize · Everybody Wins! Vermont – Grades 3-5 – This program works specifically on reading and building literacy skills in a one-to-one mentoring · Barre Youth Mentor Program – Grades 6-8 – Geared toward older students mentors share hobbies and interest such as painting, knitting, music, chess, etc.

Life Bridge Life Bridge is a new organization to BCEMS in the last year. This group based out of New Hampshire was hired by a community group to put people in the school to identify children that need mentors. The group then works with the Community to identify and match potential mentors to students.

Existing Equipment In 2008 BCEMS applied for a PEP grant to obtain physical education equipment for the school use. The grant is objective is to lower obesity through exercise and nutrition. This grant was conducted in conjunction with the Cityscape Program. As a result of this grant BCEMS received the following equipment: ·

30 Mountain Bikes (Safety Gear Included)


40 Pairs of In-Line Skates (Safety Gear Included)


9 Disc Golf Cages with Discs


50 Heart Rate Monitors


Traverse Climbing Wall


3 Dance Dance Revolution Stations


Weight Room Equipment


25 Gym Nic Balls (Large Yoga balls used for Fitness Training)


60 Pedometers

The Following Pages are Flyers from previous Cityscape events funded by currently existing programs:

Do you have just 60 minutes, once a week?

Mentor a child at Barre City School! Mentor Requirements: an ability to listen and offer friendship, guidance, and encouragement to a young person; be reliable Mentor Rewards: have fun in the middle of the week; impact a child’s life forever by showing you care; help give a child a chance at success Each of the following programs meets at Barre City School during school hours once a week for one hour: Kids & Company – Grades K-2 Meet with a young child to talk, play, read, color & socialize Everybody Wins! Vermont – Grades 3-5 Foster a child’s love of reading & build literacy skills with one-to-one reading & mentoring Barre Youth Mentor Program – Grades 6-8 Share hobbies or interests with an older student, such as, painting, knitting, music, chess, building, jewelry-making & much more


Semprebon Recreation & Community Center  

Marcia & John Biondolillo made this presentation to the Semprenbon Committee at Barre City Hall on April 27th, 2011.

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