City of Seattle Parks & Recreation

Amy Yee Tennis Center:  Planning/Studies, Building Envelopes, Renovations & Ventilation

The City of Seattle Parks & Recreation Department (City) requested our expertise to conduct a feasibility study for the Amy Yee Tennis Center (AYTC), which has served as the City’s only public indoor tennis facility for more than 4 decades. The design team developed and executed the study, providing recommendations for short and long-term maintenance, renovations and facility upgrades for the aging building. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the center for ADA compliance (indoor and outdoor) and review the building and building systems for safety, code compliance, longevity, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.

The project is moving forward on a multi-phase basis, consisting of 4 phases spread across 6 years. This phasing allows for several benefits. AYTC, which is income generating, can remain open with only short-term closures, specific upgrades can be accomplished without triggering infeasible code upgrades, and funding for the project can be procured over an extended period.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Led a team of technical professionals to produce the feasibility study.
  • Managed all stakeholder communication.
  • Provided cost estimates for all upgrades in the report.
  • Replaced roof, fire alarm system, and toilets & locker rooms.
  • Provided ADA accessibility improvements to the site, which includes a steep hill between the indoor & outdoor tennis courts, and emergency egress.
  • Added seismic bracing.
  • Added heating to the indoor tennis courts to comply with the City’s “no fossil fuel heating systems by 2050” initiative.
  • Installed destratification fans.
  • Constructed a new 5-court indoor facility (independent of the existing center) complete with 2 levels of program space, including offices, spectator areas and a new parking area.
  • All renovation work and upgrades complied with City energy codes.