Project Profile: Del Valle Fitness Center Renovation
For all of their projects, ArcPath Project Delivery acts as the owner representative. The firm principals, Fred Ponce, AIA and Allan McDonald, AIA, do not design any of the firm’s projects, but rather they facilitate communications and the collaboration between the design team, contractors and users.
The current renovation is by ELS Architecture and Urban Design. The original facility once housed areas for physical education, dinner/dances, concerts and meeting rooms. With numerous, small interconnected spaces, wayfinding for current activities is a maze. ELS has raised a portion of the roof to gain volume and daylight, and rearranged functions to significantly increase circulation efficiency, which simplifies user orientation throughout the facility.
Rossmoor is a nationally-recognized award-winning gated senior adult community of approximately 9,500 residents located in the Tice Valley area of Walnut Creek.
The Del Valle Fitness Center was originally constructed in 1959 as a gymnasium and multi-purpose facility serving the Del Valle High School campus. Rossmoor acquired the building in 1985. The complex has undergone several renovations including the expansion of the fitness center component and the enclosure of the pool in 2007. The fitness center is one of the most used amenities in Rossmoor averaging over 13,000 resident visits per month.
The Del Valle renovation is notable because of the unique efforts needed to bring together the opinions and specialized program requirements for an older adult community. Integration of the owner’s vendors for fitness equipment, furniture and IT/security design is managed with a sensitivity to the architecture and the users.