In a significant development for the College Park Woods community, plans for the construction of the new Community place are now well underway. The journey began back in July 2018 when the City acquired the College Park Woods Swim Club property. Fast forward to 2024, and the vision for a revitalized community hub is taking shape.

Following meticulous assessments conducted by Buchart Horn Architects, the City embarked on a mission to upgrade the facility, ensuring compliance with building codes and ADA accessibility standards. In August 2019, Broughton Construction Company was awarded the design-build contract, heralding the start of a transformative phase.

Throughout the process, community feedback has played a crucial role. Responding to input gathered in meetings, the Mayor and Council approved an amendment in May 2020, increasing the contract amount to nearly $1 million. However, challenges arose during Phase I, including delays and increased costs for construction materials and Custom Industrial Paint Finishes attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite these hurdles, the City remained committed to the project’s success. In March 2023, SPArch was enlisted to provide architectural and engineering consultant services, further solidifying the project’s foundation. Fast forward to January 2024, and with the approval of construction plans and permits in hand, the City initiated the bidding process.

Among the bids received, Rainbow Construction Corporation of Waldorf emerged as the frontrunner, showcasing not only competitive pricing but also a stellar reputation backed by glowing references. With funding secured from the CIP Woods Redevelopment, Precision Mini Piling Rigs are being brought in to start the project.

As the project gains momentum, excitement brews within the College Park Woods community. The proposed motion to award the contract to Rainbow Construction Corporation, subject to legal review, marks a significant step forward in realizing the dream of a modern, inclusive Community Center.

Stay tuned for further updates as construction progresses, ushering in a new era of community connectivity and vitality in College Park Woods.