|Dear J Members,
What an exciting time to be at the J! While our Capital Campaign is still going strong, we want to make you aware of two major Capital Improvement Projects that will begin in the near future and prepare you for the impact they will have on daily operations for our members and guests.
Beginning on or about February 19th, the first of these projects, theinstallation of the entrance canopy, is scheduled to begin.
The new canopy will provide members with protection from the elements while entering our building, and will be part of our new front entrance plan with enhanced curbside appeal and signage. The timeframe for this project is estimated to last 6-8 weeks, during which the front entrance will be closed to members, guests, and staff.
Beginning February 19th, the west parking lot (between the J and the fire station) will be utilized for construction staging, vehicles, deliveries, and construction personnel only. All members, guests, and staff will be directed to park in the larger, east lot during this time. There will be directional signage onsite to this effect.
Points of Entry
There will be two entrance points to the J during this construction phase; one on the east side of the building near the Early Childhood wing, and one on the west side of the building through the west playground.
The west entrance will be the primary entry point for all members, guests, staff, and deliveries. There will be front desk, as well as security personnel, stationed at this entrance during all hours of operation. All members will continue to need to show J membership ID badges to enter. Members forgetting their ID badges, or guests visiting the J, will be asked to sign in as is currently standard procedure.
During the time periods of 7:30am-9:30am, and again between 4pm-6pm, the doors on the east side of the building will be open and staffed with front desk and security personnel to receive parents and children from the ECLC and the BASE program for pick-up and drop-off. This entrance will be limited to only these program participants during these times. All families must remember to have member ID cards ready and should be prepared to sign in at the temporary desk should the badge be forgotten. Any ECLC/BASE parent who arrives outside of one of these time frames will be required to use the primary entrance located on the west side of the building. Program specific communication will be forthcoming from the Early Childhood Services and School-Age Services departments for all families participating in the ECLC or BASE programs.
Following soon after the canopy project gets underway, the next new and exciting Capital Improvement Project will begin – the renovation of our locker rooms and the installation of our new saunas!
This work will start with the closure of the current men’s locker room.We are currently constructing a temporary shower room for the men to use during this closure. This temporary shower space will be completed prior to the closing of men’s locker room. We will provide updates on this timing to give our male members time to remove any personal belongings from the current locker room facility prior to closure. In addition to temporary shower construction, there will be temporary portable toilet facilities available for use by men during this construction phase, as well as the option of using the family changing room located on the pool deck offering ADA compliant shower and toilet facilities.The women’s locker room will remain open and usable during this phase.
Once the renovation of the current men’s locker room space is completed, it will become the new women’s locker room. The women will transition from their former locker room to this new and beautifully renovated space and then, the former women’s locker room will close for its own renovation. The men will continue to utilize the temporary shower room and facilities during this time. This entire undertaking will take the better part of the next few months and while we recognize that may sound like a long time, rest assured that the final result will be well worth the wait and the minor inconveniences along the way.
We at the J want to assure you that we are working behind the scenes to create contingency plans for operational functioning during this bi-modal construction phase. Our goal is to minimize disruption to member activities and plan for unforeseen circumstances. Signage is being created to aid in our communication efforts and to assist members. In order to keep everyone up to date as we progress, there will be a special “Construction Zone” section in each week’s “What’s Hot” email blast as well as additional real time communication as needed.
While we work diligently to be as prepared as possible, we also recognize the need for agility, flexibility, and adaptability that is required during any construction undertaking. We ask everyone to join with us in this exciting time and to partner with us in patience during this “Pardon Our Dust” renovation period – the result of our collective Capital Campaign efforts. Please feel free to provide feedback and/or suggestions along the way about ways in which we might serve you better.
These are just the first two Capital Projects in the queue for 2018. There is much ahead to look forward to with the new Smith-Kogod Cultural Arts Center and Fitness Center addition. As stated in the beginning, this is certainly an exciting time to be at the J – and the future is looking terrific!
JCCNV Executive Director