STRATEGIC PARTNERS

As part of the development agreement, a financial partnership was established with Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (a.k.a. “Visit Central Florida”). This partnership facilitated an agreement with the Lakeland Magic organization to utilize the facility as their team’s basketball training center/practice facility. The building includes dedicated office space for the Magic and design flexibility for maximum shared-use of locker, training, and classroom with the City.

schematic floor plans

 

associated renovations to the existing complex

The existing Complex building received strategic upgrades associated with the new AHFCC development. The existing small gymnasium space and adjacent recreational offices were modified to provide an alternative back-of-house access for the theater and also created an expanded set construction area and space for a future black box theater. Additionally, a new lifeguard space was carved out for the existing outdoor pools. After a thorough review of the existing Complex building’s antiquated mechanical and electrical systems and detailed life-cycle cost analysis, the renovations to the existing building also included LED lighting upgrades and a complete HVAC re-design for improved temperature control, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency. The new system utilizes geothermal heat pump technology to not only heat and cool the entire facility (existing and new areas), but also heat and cool the existing Olympic-size lap pool and diving well.