The Case for the New Garden Hills Pool House


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Garden Hills Pool & Park Association (GHPPA) proposes to replace its existing 33-year-old pool house with one that is safer, ADA-compliant, and can better serve patrons and the larger Atlanta community.

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The Case for the New Garden Hills Pool House

  1. 1. The Dan Martin Pool House at Garden Hills Pool
  2. 2. Garden Hills Pool a City of Atlanta public pool, managed by a volunteer neighborhood board (GHPPA) 270,000 gallon heated pool Adjacent pool house with bathrooms, showers, and concessions Serves 500+ daily patrons from May to September Practice pool for three swim & dive teams, including the Cool Sharks Garden Hills Pool & Park Association facilities Garden Hills Recreation Center * 84% occupancy in 2012 Garden Hills Play Field * CTK Soccer and Lacrosse * Community events (Ice Cream Social, swim meets, birthdays, etc.)
  3. 3. The City of Atlanta Connection As a City of Atlanta public pool, the Garden Hills Pool: Is one of only 3 public pools in north Atlanta Offers free pool admission every weekday from 10:30 am to 1:15 pm Serves over 1,500 children in the City’s Camp Best Friends program each summer The City of Atlanta supports the new pool house: * By contributing $50,000 to the building, to cover ADA compliance upgrades * By taking the rare step of approving a naming opportunity for the building
  4. 4. Garden Hills Pool & Park Association by the numbers $63,000 $5,200 $241,000 $48,000 2012 Revenue ($357,200 total) Rec Center Play Field Pool Concessions 15 Volunteer Board Members 1981 Took over management of the Garden Hills Pool from the City of Atlanta in 650 Pool family memberships in 2012 (2,500 members) 61 Lifeguards, pool rats, & managers (employed from community) in 2013 Prices are kept low to ensure accessibility: the play field and recreation center can be rented for $35 to $45/hour, and the maximum concessions price is $3.00.
  5. 5. 12 & Under 16% 13-20 11% 21-30 14% 31-40 13% 41-50 11% 51-64 17% 65 & Older 18% 2013 Garden Hills Membership by Age Garden Hills Pool Membership
  6. 6. Built in 1979, 2nd floor added in 2002 3000 sq. ft. A-Frame structure 250 sq. ft. concessions & check-in area Bathrooms: 3 individual female showers & 1 male group shower 3 female stalls & 3 male stalls, plus 3 urinals Epoxy flooring applied over tile Garden Hills Pool House Today * Storage, manager’s office, and mechanical (water heater, a/v equipment, security, etc.) housed upstairs
  7. 7. April 2011 Pipes burst in Men’s bathroom June 2011 Carlson Mosley designs new ADA-compliant bathrooms, est. cost $100,000 July 2011 GHPPA forms Pool House Committee to investigate building new facility Aug. 2011 Surveyed pool membership & community for pool house requirements Sept. 2011 RFQ for design/build teams, 6 responses, 1 dq for lack of licenses req’d Oct. 2011 RFP from 5 qualified applicants Dec. 2011 Selected Macallan Group & Anne Sciarrone design/build team April 2012 Initiated fundraising campaign June 2012 Received $100,000 grant from Park Pride Dec. 2012 Naming rights sponsorship from Dan Martin’s estate & reached $450K Aug 2013 Received final permits to build and reached $650,000 mark in campaign Timeline for Pool House Renovation Project
  8. 8. Why Replace the Pool House? Improve bathrooms, including adding a new public restroom with exterior entrance for play field and adjacent playground visitors Comply with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Increase property values for neighboring homes Create better community meeting spaces Feature EarthCraft-certified eco-friendly construction Add heat to prevent winterizing the facility
  9. 9. Pool & Park Association Jeff Clark Jack Alexander Bill Hayes David Kirshtein Garden Club Kelly Chasteen Garden Hills Pool House Renovation Committee Civic Association Stephen Macauley Neighborhood Foundation Jim Floyd
  10. 10. Square Feet Studios & Noah & Associates Stephen Fuller/HUG Assoc. & Derucki Construction Nelson Brackin & Hogan Construction Gerding Collaborative & Gay Construction Anne Sciarrone Architecture & The Macallan Group RFP Responses
  11. 11. Qualification/Factor Score: 5 is highest, 1 is lowest Comments Experience/Expertise with Recreational Structures Experience/Expertise with Commercial Kitchen facilities Experience/Expertise with Bathroom/Locker Room facilities Experience/Expertise working with City of Atlanta Zoning & Parks Unity of Design/Build Team Budget/Value for Project Experience/Expertise with Design & Quality Look for this type of project Ability to integrate environmentally friendly components into Poolhouse Organization/Professional Demeanor of team Comfort with Design/Build Team & their communicated vision for this project Comfort with timeline & process for achieving approval of technical specifications Confidence that team will address Master Poolhouse Function list TOTAL SCORE Selection Criteria
  12. 12. Five independent responses Four designs proposed with budgets to address functional requirements Smallest proposed building: 4,000 sq. ft. Least expensive proposed budget: $580,000* *did not include ADA req’d. lift to 2nd floor RFP Responses
  13. 13. Augusta Country Club Renovation Savannah Golf Club Longleaf at Laurel Canyon Anne Sciarrone Architects
  14. 14. Indian Hills Country Club Piedmont Park Expansion Garden Hills Traffic Circle The Macallan Group Construction
  15. 15. Proposed Pool House Design Main Floor = 2,305 2nd Floor = 2,597 Total = 4,901 sq. ft.
  16. 16. Front Perspective
  17. 17. Poolside Perspective
  18. 18. Main Floor Current building footprint
  19. 19. 7 Toilets plus 1 Family Bathroom at Entrance 6 Showers with Changing Areas Child-Friendly & ADA-Compliant Bathrooms Efficient Water Wall Benches, Hooks & Lockers Janitor Closet
  20. 20. Two Pool-facing Concessions Windows One Park-facing Concessions Window Access Window to Grilling Area Entrance & Concessions Dual Gate System for Public Bathroom Dedicated Check-in Window & Computer Closet Open Foyer & Trophy Display Case
  21. 21. Concessions Inventory Storage Aquatics Director Office Cool Sharks Office Employee Lockers Judges’ Announcement Area Upstairs Birthday Party / Conference Room ADA-Compliant Elevator Covered Deck
  22. 22. Proposed Pool House Design Main Floor = 2,305 2nd Floor = 2,597 Total = 4,901 sq. ft.
  23. 23. Includes: Tear Down of Existing Structure Site Preparation Construction of New Building Estimated Building Costs (2011) Complete Outfitting of Bathrooms Concessions Stand Equipment Security Gates & Lighting Landscaping & External Enhancements Building Cost = $139/sq.ft. Project Cost = $153/sq. ft.
  24. 24. Fundraising Status (August 2013) SOURCES TARGET RAISED AS OF Aug 23, 2013 LEFT TO RAISE Pool Membership & Individuals in the Community $375,000 $343,961 $31,039 Corporate Sponsors $80,000 $63,500 $16,500 Neighborhood Organizations $85,000 $38,750 $46,430 Civic Organizations (Buckhead Coalition, Rotary, Kiwanis) $25,000 $23,100 $1,900 City of Atlanta $50,000 $50,000 $0 Foundations $185,000 $134,700 $50,300 TOTAL $800,000 $653,381 $146,169 Over $650,000 of the $800,000 target has been raised, with more than half raised from members in the community. Fundraising support provided by Barbara Howell & Associates.
  25. 25. Who Has Given So Far Hundreds of community individuals • Garden Hills Garden Club • Hal & John Smith Foundation • Alex & Betty Smith Donor-Advised Fund at the Catholic Foundation &
  26. 26. Giving Opportunities Sponsorship Levels Platinum ($25,000) Pool Membership with Reserved Locker and Reserved Poolside Table on Friday/Saturday nights for 4 years, plus Founder benefits Gold ($15,000) Pool Membership with Reserved Locker and Reserved Poolside Table on Friday/Saturday nights for 2 years, plus Founder benefits Silver ($7,500) 2014 & 2015 Pool Membership with Reserved Locker, plus Founder-level benefits Bronze ($5000) 2014 Pool Membership, plus Founder benefits Cool Shark ($1,500) Reserved 2014 Pool Membership for purchase, plus Founder benefits Founder ($1000) Recognition on plaque at Pool House entrance Naming Opportunities Taken Building – Dan Martin Trophy Case – Garden Hills Garden Club Water Fountain – Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital Available Conference Room: $75,000 Concessions Stand: $50,000 Community Restroom: $50,000 Water Fountains (1 left): $10,000, plus cost of fountain Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Garden Hills Neighborhood Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit.
  27. 27. Please visit to make a donation or learn more. Help Us Build the Dan Martin Pool House