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In Memory Of Stan:
the Education, Information,
and Entertainment Center
Raises Big Bucks
For The Expansion
and a salute to
Expansion Floor Plans
See the Video
The Senior Center Expansion is one of the projects supported by the Foundation.
Area Business Leaders
The video tour
of the Senior Center
Canopy Moved Forward!
First Sign of Expanded Building
It was a bit snowy on Thursday, November 21, but the big move went forward. The temperature went down but the canopy went up -- then softly down again-- into its new location farther east! This was the most visible sign, so far, of the expanded facilities being added to the Senior Center.
It was quite an operation to watch. And **oops!** was not an option!
When you have a chance, swing by and take a look. This is your future Center taking shape. And, if you've been delaying contributing, this would be a good time to perhaps give it another think.
Don't worry tho', during all this construction the Senior Center remains up and running; come by for your activities like normal. Just note that, while construction is going on, the temporary entrance is just north of the old main entrance. There are plenty of signs to guide you.
Be aware also that some parking spaces in the main portion of the parking lot have been fenced off so there a a few less to pick from.
The City bus stop is now off the Senior Center grounds and is on Raintree Drive.
in Support of the Expansion
The Expansion Committee has received grants from the Fort Collins Community Fund and Hammond-Gribbell Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado ($30,000), El Pomar Foundation ($15,000), the Boettcher Foundation ($25,000), the Daniels Fund ($150,000) and the Griffin Foundation ($1,000).
Grants were received from the Woodward Charitable Trust ($2,000) and The Lawrence D. Reid and Rita Moon Reid Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado ($1,000).
Increases Funds For The Expansion
City Council said they wanted to take advantage of the city's relatively flush financial position to "do something as right as you can the first time you do it," according to Mayor pro tem Gerry Horak. Council decided to pay for elements of the long-planned expansion that otherwise would have to wait for funding.
While revising appropiations for the annual budget Tuesday, October 16, the City Council directed $545,000 to expansion plans for the facility on top of the $211,000 proposed by city staff. The additional $545,000 will allow the Senior Center to add a restroom on the second floor of the addition, increase parking by 56 spaces, and provide furniture and equipment, said Marty Heffernan, Director of Community Services. The previous recommendation of $211,000 was aimed at energy efficiency upgrades to the Center and finishing a multi-purpose room.
Finally -- the Groundbreaking!
Groundbreaking for the Fort Collins Senior Center $7 million plus expansion was conducted Oct. 19 on a beautiful fall day.
Several hundred people were on hand for the long-awaited project that was began nearly a decade ago by a small but dedicated group of volunteers. Speakers at the event included Mayor Karen Weitkunat, former mayor Doug Hutchinson, City Manager Darin Atteberry, and Randy Myers, president of Neenan and Co. project contractor.
John Pfeiffenberger, campaign chair for the fundraising steering committee, was the emcee for the event, and Linda Hopkins, president of the 501-c3 Expansion Committee, also spoke. Pfeiffenberger thanked the many contributors who have made donations to the campaign to raise $1 million. “Many senior center participants sacrificed to make contributions showing how important the center is to them. They also wanted to make sure the center would be there for future seniors.” Additional funds came from foundations and recreation department reserves.
Hopkins introduced and thanked the many volunteers who worked for years to make this day happen.
The expansion will create an additional 17,000 sq. ft. adding a multi-purpose room, a cardio fitness room, a dance and exercise studio, additional storage space, a larger lobby and internet café, a wellness center, new administration space and more parking. The original project was funded by voters in 2005 with the Building on Basics quarter-cent sales tax initiative that will generate $6.1 million for this expansion. Since then several changes due to city energy saving objectives and desires from user groups have increased the project and the costs. The City Council has approved another $755,000 to make the total cost about $7.1 million.
After raising about $920,000, the Expansion Committee is still working to meet its goal of $1 million to complete all aspects of the expansion. One way to help is a buy-a-brick project where a contribution of $100 or more individuals or families can have an engraved brick placed in a new memorial patio. Call Barbara Schoenberger at the Senior Center (221-6644) or stop by the Senior Center to learn the details.
The project is expected to be completed in May, 2014.
You can also help the Expansion Committee meet their goal of $1 million by making your donation by credit card (see below).
If you would like to contribute by check Click here on the How can I donate? page on this site to see where to mail your check.
Launch Event Begins
Final Phase of Fundraising and Actual Construction
The plans for the highly anticipated expansion of the Fort Collins Senior Center were revealed May 16th at “Engage in Aging,” a donor recognition and fundraising event at the Senior Center. The Neenan Company has been selected as the architect and contractor for the 17,000-sq.-foot addition to the 40,000-sq.-foot facility. The project is set to break ground October 2013 and is scheduled to be completed summer 2014.
Neenan’s Bob Hosanna, project architect, showed conceptual drawings and floors plans for the expansion, including these new amenities: a cardio fitness room, wellness center, dance and exercise studios, multipurpose education rooms, community gathering place and internet café, expanded storage, and additional parking spaces. A 2005 citizen-approved “Building on Basics” sales tax will provide $5.1 million towards the expansion. The Senior Center Expansion Committee, a citizen-led 501C3 formed in 2007, is raising an additional $1 million for the project. The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department has contributed $500,000 to this goal as an incentive to donors. The Expansion Committee has raised $125,000 bringing the total raised $625,000.
The Expansion Committee launched the final phase of the capital campaign during the event, announcing plans to raise the remaining $375,000 by October 31, 2013. The committee is focusing fundraising efforts on private donors, local businesses, and foundations.
Ray Caraway, president of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, set the stage for the event, saying, “This project builds community and brings us closer together. We are proud at the Community Foundation to be partnering with the City and the Senior Center. We want this to be a great success. We’re going to do everything we can to make that happen, and hope you will too.”
Linda Hopkins, president of the Expansion Committee, warmly recognized the many donors who have already contributed more than $120,000 to the campaign. An additional $5,500 was raised that evening. “ This facility is about creating relationships,” said John Pfeiffenberger, Community Campaign Chair for the Expansion Committee. “What good is it if you create a better, longer, healthier life for yourself, and you don’t have someone to share that with? This place is community. I am thrilled to hear about our plans here. But the people in the facility are what make it beautiful. This expansion helps build relationships and keeps people involved in life. We are going to have a beautiful, expanded Senior Center that will serve this community for many years to come.”
Please join us today in planning for the future of the Fort Collins Senior Center by making a donation to the expansion effort.
For more views of the expansion plans, go to the concept drawings
Click picture to enlarge the Overall Floor Plan (this is the latest version)
We Thank and Salute the Sponsors for the Launch
The Presenting Sponsor
The Providing Hosts