Rough Timeline Set for Upgrades to Reston Community Center’s Aquatics Facility

by Fatimah Waseem October 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm 5 Comments

(Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 3:25 p.m. to clarify information about when the construction will begin and how long the facility will be closed.)

Upgrades to the Reston Community Center’s aquatics center are expected to begin in early 2019.

RRMM/Lumire, an architecture firm selected by Fairfax County in July, will submit an assessment of the Terry L. Smith Aquatic Center‘s current conditions and recommendations about renovations to the county and the RCC’s Board of Governors by the end of the month.

The $5.5 million price-tag for the project includes $3.5 million for construction and roughly $2 million for permitting, architectural and engineering costs, according to RCC director Leila Gordon. The cost also includes related studies of soil conditions and other pre-existing conditions issues that will need to be examined fully before the full architectural and engineering design is accomplished, Gordon said.

Gordon previously told Reston Now the project would not impact tax rates.

The proposal calls for using the existing footprint of the center for a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool with an attached family pool, as well as a separate warm-water therapy pool.

According to information provided by Gordon, the entire calendar year of 2018 will be taken up by pre-construction activities.

“We hope, in fact, that the maintenance we did this year will allow us to remain open continuously through December 2018,” Gordon said. “The construction start date is not until January 2019.”

The project is expected to be completed around October 2019.

“We’re pleased with the process so far and the support we’re getting from the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and the Department of Management and Budget,” she said. “We’re pleased with the architectural and engineering team that’s working on the project and we hope to remain pleased.”

RCC’s Board of Governors expects to discuss the architecture firm’s report this month.

  • Tammi Petrine

    AM I the ONLY one astonished by the cost of this pool renovation??? NO one seems to question costs. The “county” approves stuff and so it is OK??? We know the County does not do a bang up job negotiating prices so why is this being turned over to it?

    Further Ms. Gordon says this expense will not impact rates. Well, actually they do. We in Small Tax District #5 should be getting a rate REDUCTION but with exorbitant costs that are unchallenged, we will keep paying 4.7 cents/ $100 assessed RE evaluation while McLean pays 2.2 cents! And you should see what THEY are getting for their $5 Million renovation currently underway!

    Last year, I alone spoke up against a $287,000 cost of one pc. of HVAC equipment to cool lights in the curtain well of the rear Center Stage. I knew that was a berserk price but not one soul on the entire Board of Governors had spoken up. I was challenged at the time by Ms. Gordon but this year, lo and behold, the pc. of equipment may not be necessary at all due to changing light bulbs to cooler LED bulbs. IF a $287K expense had been registered, believe me you would’ve heard about it here.

    The apathy toward RCC accorded by our community is but a microcosm of the past attitudes that the public in general has had (past tense) toward the workings of our local county government. Ha! But NOW the public is WOKE. WE know & are alert to the devastating change the proposed density zoning changes would have on our community. You will see and should join the armies of yellow shirts and loud voices saying “Stop! Not so fast! Not so much!”

    If you do not know what I am referencing, please ask your neighbor or read Reston Now. Go to Reclaim Reston’s website or FB page. RCA has some info and Reston 20/20 (reston2020.blogspot.com) has more information than one human should ever know. After you join those of us WOKE, you will fight like crazy to prohibit excesses like the cost of this RCC pool renovation. But nothing will match your energy for fighting the dreaded PRC Cap expansion!!! NOTHING.

  • Greg

    That has got to be the most expensive pool ever. And it’s just a renovation.

    One more reason why the RCC and the tax district supporting its wasteful ways need to change, if not be eliminated.

    For shame!

    • Donald


      I’ve not always agreed with your views on other matters, but here, I agree with you 100%.


  • JoeInReston

    Isn’t the county going to be build an indoor recreation center somewhere north of the Reston Town Center? Why should the RCC spend millions on new features that will eventually be made redundant when the county completes their rec center?

  • Claes Cyrus Youngberg

    If they are going to renovate the RCC pool they should be adding skylights. It’s dreary in there now with all the florescent lighting.


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