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3634 EUCLID AVE
Rocky River High School
Mark A. Dodds, AIA
City Architecture, Inc. 3634 Euclid Avenue Suite 100 Cleveland, OH 44115 Phone: (216) 881-2444 Fax: (216) 881-6713
Council's decision followed a presentation by Mark Dodds, of City Architecture, on a proposed site plan for that location.
City of Beachwood, Ohio: City Council Agenda
Presentation to the City of Beachwood by Paul Volpe and Mark Dodds of City Architecture of the NAIOP - High Performance Design of the Year.
Paul Volpe, AIA | Mark Dodds, AIA
Mr. Patterson introduced Mark Dodds and Alex Pesta representing City Architecture, for a power point presentation giving details of the final preliminary plan.
Mr. Dodds voiced his appreciation to the City, noting that he had enjoyed working with Rocky River in trying to develop a strategy to expand the existing gym and community facilities. He then proceeded with the presentation, prepared originally for the second Task Force public meeting held on May 25. Bringing out points such as the benefits of retaining current residents and attracting new ones, he pointed out that inner ring suburbs are more competitive and their aim is to increase property values. He quickly reviewed the elements considered necessary by the Task Force and then presented images representing those elements taken from various existing facilities. Mr. Dodds suggested changing the style at the same time which would give the building a more up-to-date appearance. Mr. Dodds then discussed the siting of the expansion. Using a map, he showed the first thoughts, adding to the gym area. Mr. Dodds finally discussed costs and revenues. The total project development budget is $9,941,000, with approximately $1.3 million of that allotted for the Hamilton Ice Rink. The projected cost to operate the facility will be $577,000 annually, and the projected revenue is $662,000. Not included in those revenues are user fees or rentals. Mrs. Bobst thanked Mr. Dodds and asked for questions from Council members: Mr. Dodds said that a 5000 sq. ft. area is planned with 55-60 stations. When asked if the existing machines would be kept around the track, Mr. Dodds indicated that they had advised against it. Mr. Dodds responded that a very detailed plan was assembled and a special consultant was given census data and other materials. Mr. Dodds agreed that gyms usually lose money because people do not feel they should pay to play in a gym. He also noted that fitness centers and aquatic facilities generate funds and programs with rentals and parties add to it. Mr. Dodds responded that they have planned three natatoriums: Brunswick, Solon, and Punderson for the ODNR. To be sure that their budget figures were accurate, they sent their programs and sketches to a company prominent in the field which does 20 pools a year. That company confirmed City Architecture's figures for building costs. Mr. Dodds noted that some escalation in costs is being seen now, especially as steel prices spike, but he looks for things to calm. Mr. Hagan asked about the significance of the steel component, and Mr. Dodds said that it was 10-12% of the total. Also present: Mark Dodds, City Architecture Mr. Dodds added that the decision would be made in November.