RESTON, Va. - The Reston Community Center jumped to phase two in the aquatic center renovation project.
The Board of Governors selected the architecture and engineering firm that will spearhead the renovation of the Terry L. Smith Aquatic Center.
The decision came after a detail-focused study to decide which organization would be the best fit for the community center renovation.
"We have a large pool with a deep end now and basically to separate that one pool into two bodies of water. So really completely renovate and redesign," says Leila Gordon, Executive Director at Reston Community Center.
"You need two bodies of water because of temperatures. What's fine for a competitive swimmer is not good for a person with rheumatism or arthritis," adds Beverly Cosham, Chair of the Reston Community Center.
Officials say the next step in the process is to conduct studies like determining the soil type under the pool and adjusting the design concept to fit the budget and space allotted for the project.
With a budget of $5.5 million, officials are designing the optimal facility for the community, without raising tax dollars.
"We undertook this because we have nearly forty year old facility and its mechanical systems were in need of replacement and we decided that if we were going to spend a million of so dollars replacing the system, maybe we could spend a little more and get a more attractive and serviceable and fun aquatic environment," says Gordon.
Right now, officials are on-track to begin construction in January of 2019.
They say transparency and public feedback are essential to the past, present, and future of the renovation.
To keep up with the project, visit the Reston Community Center website.