The new Austin Community Recreation Center boasts nearly 900 pieces of precast concrete

Austin Community Recreation Center

Austin, MN
General Contractor:
McGough Construction
BWBR Architects
City of Austin

A new 10,000-square-foot community recreation center is taking over the former power plant.  Formed by the partnership of the City of Austin and the YMCA, and supported by Vision 2020, the new facility will provide community members a safe, affordable, and healthy environment to meet, play, and exercise.

The new site is in downtown Austin at the decommissioned power plant and the site was chosen for its ability to create a central, easily accessible community destination and in order to redevelop a large, underutilized site.

The two-story facility includes a gymnastics area, community education and event space, leisure and lap lane pools, a wellness center and an indoor play area, as well as a gymnasium, track, and basketball courts. The overall design allows the YMCA to operate designated areas, while City-financed spaces like the youth activity center and indoor playground are free and open to the public. The building and site has been planned to enable expansion possibilities in the future.

Construction began in mid-2018 and is expected to be completed sometime in fall or early winter 2019. Including land acquisition, design fees, construction, furnishings, and equipment, the total cost will be between $35-40 million.

Wells Concrete designed, manufactured and is currently erecting nearly 120,000 sq. ft, of precast for the new recreation center. This project was large, with many different room configurations and usages in a design with multiple floors requiring a unique precast solutions. The precast walls had many large openings to accommodate the desired room layouts.  Wells was invited to numerous early design meetings and was able to work through these issues to help provide the desired layout. The exterior walls at the pool building consist of thin brick with polished white precast window mullions and a black acid etch at the base below, which gives the wall a very unique look. At the same time, Wells was able to accommodate the desire for 2-foot wide vertical windows with only one foot of precast panel between.

Products Sq. Ft. #
Architectural Insulated Wall 39,351 141
Architectural Solid Wall 473 20
Hollowcore 53,574 611
Ledge Beam 240 4
Solid Slab 4,093 30
Double Tee 12,125 21
Stick Column 128 4
Structural Insulated Wall 243 7
Structural Solid Wall 7,935 41
Totals 118,162 879

For more information about this project, contact Gary Pooley or Josh Evan.