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Community Center on target at TAWC

August 20, 2010
By KARA WHITE kwhite@timesobserver.com
The Allegheny Community Center is well on its way to completion at the Transit Authority of Warren County building. The construction of the new facility is in the final phases, and at this point mostly cosmetic finishing touches are all that is needed in order to be ready for the Nov. 17 grand opening event. “We completely gutted this building when we started. There was virtually nothing in here,” said Construction Manager John Vietmeier. The entire building will follow the Americans with Disabilities Act and will be handicapped accessible as well as climate controlled with plenty of space for seniors and others in the community to gather, eat together and participate in various activities. The total area that Experience, Inc. Area on Aging will occupy is 13,061 square feet. The large 1,416 square foot kitchen will be home to a walk-in freezer, double-door refrigerators, and plenty of room for storage. “All of this space is going to be necessary since people will be preparing 250 to 350 meals on wheels dinners in this kitchen as well as feeding those in the dining room,” Vietmeier explained. The dining room is 2,283 square feet and has vinyl composition tile commercial floors and multiple windows to allow for natural lighting. Multiple craft rooms, an exercise room and a large recreation room that will have pool tables, foosball tables, televisions for playing Nintendo wii games and many other things will soon be ready for our community members to utilize. There is also a 989-square-foot classroom, with two 48” by 46” skylights in the ceiling, that is fitted for televisions, computers and telephones and will be available for workshops, classes and other events. A meditation and relaxation room, a wellness room and offices for volunteers to help seniors fill out medical and social security forms, for example, will round out the second floor of the building. The transit authority portion of the building will include a brand new automated, computerized bus wash as well as two new maintenance bays for buses with space for part storage and oil storage. Their facility will have new locker rooms and showers for drivers and will have triple the amount of heat pumps plus two boilers for the snow melt system this winter. A dedication ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the wash bay entrance outside with a grand opening event for the public from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Posters advertising the event will be placed throughout the county so that all may come out for music, refreshments and tour the new Allegheny Community Center and TAWC Intermodal Facility.
 
 

 

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