SUN PHOTO/PAT COPELAND
Workers install sod on the Center’s new baseball diamond. Staff members could begin moving into the new building as early as next week.
By Pat Copeland
sun staff writer
ANNA MARIA – The push is on and if all goes according to schedule, the new Island Community Center should be ready to occupy by the end of the week.
"The final inspection for the CO (certificate of occupancy) is scheduled for July 6," Scott Dell, assistant executive director said last week.
"I’m extremely proud to be a part of this team and what they’ve accomplished in such a little time. Almost to the day, we could be done with a 24,000 square-foot facility in 10 months."
The Center is scheduled to begin hosting various programs Aug. 20 and there is a basketball camp set for Aug. 6 through 17, which will be in the new gymnasium.
Dell said the stage, concrete and tile flooring are completed. Completion of the sports flooring is still delayed due to high moisture content in the slab.
"That slab is so thick that we can’t get the moisture where it needs to be," he said. "They’re bringing in heavy duty dehumidifiers to get it down one more point. We can’t get the CO until all the flooring is complete."
There are two other options if the moisture can’t be reduced enough, Dell said. These are installing a moisture barrier film or rolling on a moisture barrier.
Dell said Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department graded and leveled the fields and sod was installed and irrigation completed Thursday. The sidewalks and asphalt parking areas were completed last week and pavers in the parking areas are scheduled to be in place by July 5.
“The county did a phenomenal job for us to make sure everything graded and all the water ran where it was supposed to," Dell said. "It was very impressive."
Inside, the workstations, lower cabinets and drop ceilings are completed. Electrical, plumbing, security, data and communications trim outs are in progress. Kitchen equipment for the culinary arts center was delivered June 22.
Areas slated for an Aug. 20 completion are the playground and central courtyard, the tennis courts and the room partitions. These are not needed for the CO. An official grand opening ceremony for the general public will be Nov. 10.
"These are exciting times." Dell concluded. "We have a lot to be proud of. This has been a truly amazing effort by a whole lot of people – our staff, board members and donors; Northern Trust for coming up with the financing so we could pay the bills and keep everything on schedule; our owner’s representative, Frank Mozeleski; and the team of Walbridge Aldinger and Jerry Zoller."
Dell said after staffers move into the building, they will decide on a schedule of programs and develop a pamphlet listing the schedule and membership fees.