Old Town Hot Springs expansion project continues, completion slated for April
January 7, 2019
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — On Friday, as Pat Carney led a walking tour around the Old Town Hot Springs’ new addition, it was clear the downtown Steamboat Springs swimming and fitness facility was in the middle of a major construction project, but it was also easy to imagine what it will look like when completed.
"It is never quick enough, but it is going well," said Carney, who is serving as project manager. "We are finishing up drywall, and they are starting to paint. But it takes a long time for the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and the electric.”
But despite all the noise, dust and detours, Carney is quick to point out the 15,000-square-foot expansion project is on track for its planned completion in April.
January is a busy month for the fitness center as people want to get back in shape after the holidays and escape the cold temperatures by exercising inside. Old Town Hot Springs serves 7,000 members and sees more than 300,000 visitors each year.
"It gets pretty crazy up there (in the fitness center) when it's 20 below zero outside," Carney said. "People want to get inside. It's been busy, and people are finding their way in here, which is great."
When the work is completed, the fitness area will be about twice its current size. Spinning classes are already utilizing a portion of the new section, and Carney is hoping more of the space can be used for additional fitness classes in about two weeks.
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The new addition will include an indoor walking track as well as a two-story climbing wall. There will be a community room for educational programs and a kitchen, which will allow the facility to offer instructional classes on nutrition with food preparation education.
The main part of the current fitness center will become a cardio section, and ceiling panels will be removed to match the exposed ceiling in the addition. A majority of the weight equipment will move into the new section of the facility overlooking the hot pool. An additional exercise room will also be added.
Those amenities are part of the first phase of the project, which is estimated to cost $6 million. It will also include updating the exterior of the building, which faces Lincoln Avenue.
Renovations in the old section of the building, which will include updating current locker rooms and adding another family changing room, will start in April once the first phase is finished.
“We are really excited to add a second family changing room, which is so needed because we serve so many families,” said Old Town Hot Springs Executive Director Stephanie Orozco. “That is going to be so huge for us.”
The second phase will cost an additional $4 million and will include renovation of the pool areas. That project is not expected to begin until 2021.
Carney said the capital campaign at Old Town Hot Springs has raised just over $7 million of the $10 million needed to complete both phases.