The Town of Orchard Park has been evaluating the need for a community center since 2009. The Wendel team became part of this process in 2014 when hired to perform conceptual design services for a new multi-generational community center. It was essential to obtain input from stakeholders and residents throughout the Town. Through a lengthy process working with the “ambassadors” for each of the identified stakeholder groups, we reconciled the program based on research and input received since 2009. This reconciled program informed the massing and architecture of the new facility.
In order to maintain the project’s schedule, input from all 5 of contractors were controlled by one master schedule, driven by Wendel acting as Construction Manager. The schedule was driven at 3 levels. The first was a holistic, overarching schedule set forth at the project’s onset. Next was a bi-weekly schedule meeting, and lastly, the team met every day to ensure both the holistic and bi-weekly schedules remained accurate and were being met.
One Environmental challenge was the fact that the entire project site contains floodplains and wetlands, so the building was designed in close contact and collaboration with the Corps of Engineers and the DEC in order to adequately address those issues.
The community was also heavily involved in the design of this community center, with a number of presentations and forums that allowed the public to have input on the final outcome. This ensures that the final outcome gives the community exactly what it wants in a community hub.