Feasibility Study

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Upcoming Activities for the New Community Center / Library Project

NewECC@westhartfordct.gov

October 27: Advisory Committee Meeting

Fall Community Conversations (download PDF)

October 6: Virtual Presentation / QA on Zoom 7-8PM. An opportunity to ask questions, share feedback, and learn more about the project. Link to Join.

October 26: Refining the Design Community Event at Elmwood Community Center Auditorium 5-8PM. An event designed to hear and gather community direction as the preferred concept is refined for inclusion in the study report.

Tecton Architects at Celebrate West Hartford explaining to everyone the potential updates.

About the Feasibility Study

The Town of West Hartford and Tecton Architects are conducting a functional program and feasibility study for a new Elmwood Community Center, Senior Center, and Library to be located at 100 Mayflower Street adjacent to Beachland Park. The study includes a comprehensive evaluation of the existing facilities, a programmatic space needs assessment, and a preliminary budget, all guided by the Town’s values, sustainability goals and community feedback. The study encompasses the programs currently offered at the Elmwood Community Center, the Elmwood Senior Center, and the Faxon Library, in addition to other West Hartford community programs, such as Emergency Management, Social Services, and the Teen Center.

About the Advisory Committee

The mission of the Advisory Committee is to enable all members of the community to help shape the project vision and have their voices heard. 

Committee Charge

This Committee is charged with serving as a liaison to the community by engaging in active dialogue and relaying community feedback. The Committee is also charged with providing guidance at key milestones throughout the study process to further define and uphold the programmatic, sustainable, and economic objectives set forth.

Scope of Work
  • This Committee will make recommendations but does not have final authority.
  • This Committee will be dissolved upon completion of the Feasibility Study.

Project Next Steps:
Existing Conditions Assessment: Analysis of the existing building and site at 100 Mayflower Street. This assessment will encompass facility condition as it relates to construction and materials, code compliance, building systems, program test-fit, and probable costs. This assessment will guide the decision to renovate or build new.

Identification of Priorities: The Advisory Committee is currently concluding their lists of “Must Haves” and “Nice to Haves” which will further inform the program.

We asked the community what they would like to see in a community center.

Development of Conceptual Plans: As the program begins to take shape, the next step will be the translation of those elements into spatial language. Through the creation of bubble diagrams and conceptual floor plans, the study team will test-fit how each of these pieces in the puzzle comes together as a whole. We will evaluate each placement based on identified adjacencies and proximities, and explore how and where this program is sited at 100 Mayflower.

Continued Iterations: Subsequent working group and Advisory Committee meetings will be centered around the translation of these program elements into conceptual drawings, to ensure they fully represent the programmatic, sustainable, and economic objectives in Town.

June 30th Advisory Committee Meeting (presentation slides)

August 11th Advisory Committee Meeting (presentation slides)

Advisory Committee Prioritization Feedback – list of responses from Committee members on their top 5 Must Haves and Nice to Haves for the new facility

August 17th Town Council Standing Committee Meetings (presentation slides)

  • Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED)
  • Human & Community Services Committee (HCS)

September 8th Library Staff Meeting (presentation slides)

September 8th Coffee Chat (presentation slides)