By Shanna Gordon
Exciting things are happening in Riderwood this fall! Along with the construction of a new elevator at Calvert Landing and the repositioning and renovation of Lakeside Commons, we’ll begin construction of a new Wellness Center near the middle of campus this September. As many studies have shown, the physical wellbeing of a person is fundamentally linked to mental and emotional wellness. In an effort to help create an environment where residents have the resources to lead active lives without having to leave campus, the Wellness Center is designed to be the focal point of a fit, vibrant community and will be supported by existing satellite fitness studios located in each of the community buildings.
A multi-level building, the Wellness Center will offer over fifteen thousand square feet of dedicated fitness space. Some of the features planned on the ground level are a large fitness studio with personal and group training, as well as a pool more than double the size of the current pool located in Village Square. On the second level multiple fitness studios with flexible space for classes, sports, dancing, and, of course, Pickleball are planned! There will also be a green roof area with foliage and planters where residents can rest and soak up the sun.
The location of the Wellness Center will be in the current parking lot “O” across the street from Lakeside Commons and adjacent to Calvert Landing. It will be accessible from a ground level entrance as well as from the link that connects Calvert Landing with the Chapel. Lot “O” will close just after Labor Day, on September 4th, and a fence is scheduled to go up on September 10th. Residents and staff cars will be moved to pre-arranged parking locations in preparation for equipment delivery and demolition. Demolition of lot “O” is planned to begin by the end of September, after which construction will begin.
The timeline of completion is sixteen months, and the same development team that completed Orchard Point and the Town Center repositioning, Plano-Coudon, will be working on the Wellness Center as well. Expected completion will be February 2020. If you have any questions, please stop by the September Conversations with Administration in Maryland Hall or contact the Administration Office.