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Camdenton Still Floating Community Center; Phase 1 Could Cost $4.85M

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CAMDENTON, Mo. — The City of Camdenton is in the planning stages on an approximate $7 million Community Center to be located at the corner of Ball Park Road and Business Route 5.

The city held an open house to receive comments and answer questions about the community center on Tuesday, March 5. Approximately 15 people attended the meeting. “Most of the comments received were from the art community,” Camdenton City Administrator Jeff Hancock said. “They recommended putting artwork in the facility.”

Camdenton Community Center Architect Justin Roth, with SFS Architecture, gave a full presentation on the center to the Camdenton Board of Aldermen at their meeting the same evening. “The board approves of the conceptual plan,” Hancock said. The board held a discussion on the future center. No votes or actions were taken.

What’s Next?

The Camdenton Board of Aldermen approved proceeding with the contract at the Tuesday, March 19 Board of Aldermen meeting. They approved a “phased in” contract, so that the city can stop the project at any point, after each of the phases. The board also approved requesting Ballard-King Consultants to provide an operational plan and that will likely be approved at the 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 Camdenton Board of Aldermen meeting at the Camdenton City Hall. According to Camdenton City Clerk Renée Kingston, the operational plan will be based on the square footage, the types of rooms and how many people it will take to run the facility and the total proposed operational costs. “We will go from there and compare that to the proposed sales tax income to see if we will be able to proceed,” Kingston said.

The next step in the project will be to meet with Ballard-King to work out the programming, operations and maintenance details. “Ballard-King are recreational experts,” Hancock said. Ballard-King conducted a marketing study for the city six months ago, evaluating the market and possible programs for the center. “We will go back to them now that we have the footprint and look at the estimates for operation, maintenance, personnel and utilities and to determine revenue projections for the building,” Hancock said.

The upper level of the center would include the main entryway, a terraced lobby area, a lounge, several multi-purpose rooms, a ramped track, an open fitness area and an elevator.

The lower level of the center would include a gymnasium, two family restrooms, changing rooms, open fitness areas, day lockers, a 75’x50’ modified gymnasium, storage, and a performance stage.

The center is planned be constructed in two phases, with the Phase 1 upper level consisting of a 9,100 sf and the Phase 2 lower level with 12,800 sf, totaling 21,900 sq. ft. Outdoors there are plans for several parking areas, two covered terraces, a patio and a playground, as well as a sidewalk leading from one of the pool parking lots to the community center, providing for additional parking for the community center, as needed.

Phase 1 

Phase 1 of the community center project will consist of an optimized multi-purpose (2) 50-person area, storage, a modified gymnasium with a 75’x50’ court in a pre-engineered metal building.

Phase 1 consists of 18,789 net square feet, plus a 10 percent circulation factor and a 5 percent net-to-gross factor, totaling 21,900 gross square feet. The cost is expected to be in the $150 to $170 per square foot range, with 20 percent of that being site and infrastructure, so estimated construction costs would be approximately $3,285,000 to $3,723,00.

The Phase 1 site cost unknowns include retaining walls, geotechnical and parking. An additional 20 percent in soft costs will be added for architecture/engineering fees, Geotech, commissioning, utilities, CM pre-construction services, fixtures and furnishings totaling $900,000.  Phase 1 contingency costs include a 5 percent owner contingency cost. This would bring the Phase 1 total project construction costs to $4.4 million to $4.85 million. 

The funding for Phase 1 would come in the form of a Certificate of Participation (COP). A COP is a lease-financing agreement used by a municipality or local government, to acquire real property. Under the agreement, the local government makes regular payments over the annually renewable contract for the acquisition and use of the property. A lease-financing contract is typically made available in the form of a COP. The city does not need to ask voters to approve a COP.

According to Hancock, the city will have the debt on the city hall paid off in 2024 and could possibly use the money that becomes free to pay the debt on the community center.

Phase 2

“Once Phase 1 is complete, we will wait to receive input from the community on Phase 1 and see what they would prefer in Phase 2,” Hancock said.

At this time, the plans are for the Phase 2 upper level to consist of 3,200 sf, the lower level will have 9,400 sf, for a total of 12,600 sf, equaling a total combined space, upper and lower, of 34,500 sf.

If approved, Phase 2 is proposed to consist of a second gymnasium, a performance stage, additional storage and a track extension equaling 12,000 NET SF, plus a 5 percent net to gross factor, totaling 12,600 sq. ft. The cost for Phase 2 is projected to be in the $150 to $170/SF range, plus a 10 percent $/SF site, bringing the total construction costs for Phase 2 to approximately $1,890,000 to $2,142,000.

Phase 2 site cost unknowns include architectural fees, commissioning, fixtures and furnishings totaling $500,000 a 5 percent owner contingency cost, bringing the total Phase 2 estimated project construction cost to approximately $2.5 million to $3 million.

There is discussion that the funding for Phase 2 may come in the form of a ballot issue, which would request voters to approve a .25-cent park tax. 


The center project schedule began in November 2018, with the concept design. The schematic design, design development and construction documentation are projected to take six to seven months, beginning March 2019. The bid package will be delivered in November 2019. Construction is then slated to begin in January 2020, with a Phase 1 project finish date in December 2020.

Hancock said there are plans to upload a video of an artist rendering of a walk-through of the center to the city website.


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