The aging Gaithersburg Upcounty Senior Center will soon be given a welcomed facelift.
The City Council recently voted to award a contract to HBW Group Inc. of Rockville to handle the renovations of the center, which sits at 80A Bureau Drive in Gaithersburg.
HBW Group Inc. was one of nine bidders who vied for the opportunity to complete the project, which includes constructing an exercise room, expanding the lecture room, providing a dedicated computer lab, providing a waiting area for patrons, improving front desk operations, replacing the existing carpeted floor finishes and painting the center, according to city solicitation documents.
Structural upgrades to the building are also included, such as installing a new roof, adding two new heating and cooling systems, and replacing doors and windows.
“We’re happy to be involved,” said Jim Hirrlinger, a partner at HBW Group Inc. “We look forward to kicking this off.”
The commercial construction and real estate firm submitted a bid for $649,020. The city approved the amount, along with an additional $32,451 for unforeseen contingencies.
For the renovations, the city has already budgeted $770,000 in its fiscal 2015 budget. Nearly $680,000 of that amount has been set aside for construction, and the rest of the money will provide for the purchase of furnishings, according to Sunil Prithviraj, the city’s capital projects program manager.
Construction is slated to begin Aug. 18, and is estimated to last about 100 days.
Grace Whipple, the community facility manager of the center, said research shows the growing population of seniors from the baby boomer generation is attracted to fitness programs and computer technology. As a result, she said the biggest projects will be creating the exercise room and the computer lab.
The fitness room will hold up to 14 pieces of strength training and cardiovascular machines, including treadmills, recumbent bikes and steppers, she said. Personal training programs also will be available.
With the addition of eight computer stations, the computer lab will be large enough to hold classes, Whipple said. When the classes are not in session, the computers will be open for private use.