Caledonia — The long-waited Cal Community Center is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024.
Walls and ceilings are taking shape, providing an outline for where offices and locker rooms will eventually exist. Walking through the shower areas offers a view of the new leisure and competition pools, where construction crew members will pour the pools’ concrete.
“This project is fun,” senior superintendent Adam Koorndyk said about working on the community center. “The building’s precast concrete is really cool; we have over 100-foot-long beams that take a lot of coordination to install.”
The project incorporates the district’s signature color, purple, in the flooring, carpeting and the windows in the walls facing Kraft Road. The windows will look transparent from the inside looking out and appear purple from the outside.
The district broke ground for the Cal Community Center — so named after a community vote of more than 180 submissions — in October 2021, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.
Funded by the May 2020 passage of the district’s $88.09 million bond proposal and a $61 million supplemental bond approved this past May, the 47,000-square-foot community center will be open to the public and feature a swimming pool and multi-use gymnasium.
Photos by Dianne Carroll Burdick