HARTFORD—Due to the growth of Upper Valley Aquatic Center’s (UVAC) membership base, increased day pass use from the community, and especially an increase in the number of families using the center, the Upper Valley Aquatic Center’s board of directors has approved an expansion plan.
“We listened to feedback from our members and guests and realize that it’s time to add some features that will make their experience even better,” stated Andrea Ciardelli, the president of the UVAC board. “We hired Bread Loaf Corporation to work with us to design and build a 9,600-square-foot addition. The new space will house a much larger family-friendly locker room with private changing suites; a new group exercise studio for classes such as yoga, Pilates, stretching, and more; expanded fitness room space for strength and cardio equipment; and a physical therapy center with Be Fit Physical Therapy,” Ciardelli continued.
In keeping with the existing modern open floor plan, the addition will feature lots of natural light, views to the beautiful Vermont hillsides that surround the center, and a fitness mezzanine that overlooks the fitness floor.
Construction will be phased so that no interruption of UVAC’s current programs will occur. The grand reopening is expected in May, 2017.
The Upper Valley Aquatic Center is owned by the town of Hartford, Vt., and is operated by the Sports Venue Foundation. Since the center is self-reliant and requires no town funding, the new addition will follow this model. The Sports Venue Foundation has already secured pledges from local supporters to fully fund the expansion.
For more information visit uvacswim.org or call 802-296-2850.
Pictured (l-r): Jim Pulver (Bread Loaf Construction VP of business development); Chris Huston (BLC VP of architecture); Rich Synnott (UVAC executive director); Sue Kirincich (UVAC board member); Andrea Ciardelli (UVAC board president); Mike Cahoon (UVAC board treasurer); Sean Paquette (BLC project manager)