March Update

We are starting to see some real movement on the land! With the grub and clear operations underway you can see the trucks working hard to flatten and clear the excess dirt.

Below are a few highlights over the past month:

  • Initial storm water erosion measures are in place.  Initial inspections from City of Aurora occurred and we passed. 
  • Site mobilization began and grub and clear operations have begun.
  • Signed and returned proposal to authorize the independent testing services from CTL Thompson. They monitor excavations, soil conditions, rebar, formwork, welding and other processes on site.
  • Worked on reviewing the City’s comments and submitting the second set of engineering documents to the City of Aurora for approval.
  • Continuing to partner with Xcel energy for temporary power. Discussed if we need to move a transformer for the project and to approve the new location on the site.
  • Land survey occurred to measure the current elevations and confirm the amount of dirt that would be removed.

February 2020 Update

Permits, Tractors, Fences, Oh My!

You can see some changes taking place on the land! If you have driven by recently, you probably noticed the fence has gone up and movement is occurring onsite. Below is a list of highlights over the last month:

  • Mobilization onsite has begun.
  • The permitter fencing was installed.
  • The final civil drawing were submitted to the City of Aurora engineering department.
  • The Water Quality Control Division of Colorado has reviewed our application and submission for the YMCA Recreation Center at Wheatlands facility and determined that it qualifies for coverage under the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  They issued us a permit certification, which was issued under the Colorado Water Quality Control Act on January 22, 20202.
  • Several logistics were sorted out between owner, contractor and architect.
  • All RFI’s for steel detailing were received.
  • Sub contractors are being hired.
  • The City of Aurora storm water permit was submitted and the bond for fiscal security deposit for the City of Aurora storm water permit has been submitted.
  • Xcel is partnering with us to put in temporary power to the site.

We appreciate the communities support! We want to include the community as much as possible during this process and will continue to brainstorms ways to keep everyone involved and informed. Ideas include taking more pictures of the site as construction begins and during each phase. Additional ideas included having onsite visits and signing of the final beam when the building is near completion. More to come but we are thinking of you!

*Please note these are unofficial meeting minutes and minutes will be posted under documents tab*

January 2020 Update

Happy New Year! We are excited for all the work on the YMCA recreation center that will begin in 2020 and wish everyone a happy and successful New Year!

We were able to negotiate a guaranteed maximum price with our contractor.   We finalized and signed Guaranteed Maximum Price Amendment with Adolfson & Peterson Construction.  This contract will help us stay in budget for the project and ensure a maximum price for our contract.

We confirmed with BRS the gas load for phase 1 and sent it to Xcel for verification.

Xcel is ready to begin the electrical work and we have authorized the work to begin.  We authorized the Frost Agreement and Electrical and Gas contingency documents.

December 2019 Update

The Board of Directors meet on December 4, 2019 to review financial matters and legal matters.

The Board welcomed Pascal Dengah from High Plains Metro District to the board of Directors. He was appointed as Assistant Secretary. Thank you Pascal for serving on the board and welcome Pascal!

The Board considered and approved an adoption of the 2020 Annual Administrative Resolution.

The Board created a meeting schedule for 2020. Our meetings will be held quarterly on the first Wednesday of each quarter at 9am at the Wheatlands Clubhouse. The quarterly meetings will begin in March. To view meeting minutes and agenda click here.

The Board approved a New Building Committee that will help with the day to day and week to week progress of the construction. Thank you Wheatlands resident, Danielle Lammon for volunteering and serving on this committee with Kathy Barela.

The Board conducted the public hearing on the 2020 Budget and it was approved.

The Board considered and approved the amendment to Wheatlands Park and Recreation Authority Establishment agreement.

The Board approved the 2019 audit to be completed by Fiscal Focus Partners.

The Board discussed the construction and cost projections for the project. Discussion continues with the individual contractors to try and lower the overall cost of the project and avoid duplicity between contractors.

The City of Aurora sent back a few more changes and we are continuing to work with them for final approval.

**Please note these are unofficial meeting minutes and the official meeting minutes will be posted once a quorum of the board has approved them at the next meeting**

Ground Breaking Ceremony

It was a chilly day, and we want to thank everyone who came out and braved the cold to be with us on this exciting and important milestone in the project.

We had several speakers at the ceremony, representing the YMCA and the Wheatlands Park and Recreation Authority, share what the project means to them and the community. We want to thank Kimberly Armitage, Vice President of Strategic Growth and Membership for the YMCA of Metro Denver, Sue Glass, President and CEO of the Denver YMCA, Kathy Barela Board Member of the Wheatlands Park and Recreation Authority and Craig Wagner, Advisory board member of the Aurora Family YMCA for speaking at the event.

Please join us in recognizing the following members of the YMCA Advisory Board….
Adrian Frank
Greg Shields
Jim Bickford
Krista Simonson
Michael Giles
Richard Turnquist
Robert Jamieson
Susan Davis
Stephen Brunston
Mary Beth Brunston

YMCA Staff Members…
Kimberly Armitage
Lori Walker

We’d also like to thank these key contributors to the project:
Country Commissioner Jeff Baker
Friend of the Y, Debbie Ford and Brian Curd

Representing the project funder, Mutual of Omaha, Rebecca Kuhle and Matt Hanson
Architect Keith Hayes and the Team at BRS Architecture
Our General Contractor, the Team at Adolfson & Peterson construction

Members of the Wheatlands Park and Recreation Authority…
Kathy Barela
Polly Martin

Rotary members…
Rick Richard
Ken Hostetler

And investors…
Larry & Jeannie Pisciotta
Craig & Angel Wagner

We celebrate the vision, advocacy, and commitment of everyone that attended and has worked behind the scenes to make this project a reality. We thank everyone who helped bring us to where we are today.