Friends of the Pella Community Center provided a potential renovation concept for the Pella Community Center to city council during their meeting on Oct. 8.

Representatives from Schemmer and Associates, a company that specializes in historical architecture and renovation, presented a design plan to update and expand the current facility while preserving the building’s overall aesthetic and history. The concept plan would address current issues with accessibility, a restrictive floor plan and mechanical issues, among others.

The concept plan would add an estimated 9,500 square feet over three floors on the west side of the building. An elevator, stair and facility access and restrooms would be moved to the new addition, creating a safer, more efficient footprint for community members to navigate the building. Upgrades to current offices, locker rooms and the gym would also be made.

A preliminary estimate for the proposed concept plan is $13.3 million, not including engineering fees. Members of Friends of the Pella Community Center stated they would be willing to partner with the city to help raise funds to renovate the current facility.

No action was taken regarding the presented concept plan. However, it provides the council an additional renovation option when considering the facility’s future. Council will continue to review other options and gather input from the community before a decision is made.

“I think this is a great jumpstart to the whole process,” said Mayor James Mueller. “I think it’s a great opportunity for us to throw something out there and get input from the rest of the community and see what options people are interested in and what they’re willing to pay for.”

In other news, council approved a change order for the city’s agreement with NewCom Technologies. An agreement was approved in July for the company to provide engineering services for a fiber network design of the city’s new telecommunications utility.

The scope of services for the new change order are not to exceed $8,500. The estimated total cost for the contract, including the $8,500 change order, is now $800,500.

Emily Hawk can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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