JCC Greater Boston is excited to embark on the next phase of work to create the new Winn Family & Wellness Center. Construction began in February and the new space will open in June 2019. This section of the site includes answers to many frequently asked questions about the new space. If you have additional questions that you don’t see highlighted here, please contact reimagine@jccgb.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are thrilled to be sharing our plans with you and want to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information available. Please find Frequently Asked Questions below:

What is the construction?

JCC Greater Boston is now embarking on the next phase of work to create the new Winn Family & Wellness Center, located on the two floors across from the gymnasium.

The brand-new Family Wing will be located on the same level as the gymnasium. It will include:

  • Fully-redesigned toddler and kids' gyms
  • New and expanded creative spaces for preschool and camps; and enrichment programs
  • Gathering spaces for families

The Wellness Wing will be located on the second level and will include:

  • A new Group Fitness studio
  • A tranquil Mind & Body studio
  • Pilates studio
  • A welcoming gathering space for users to connect before classes
  • A new symposium space which will enable expanded Parkinson’s wellness education, Camp Kaleidoscope performances, Health & Wellness seminars and more

How long will the construction last?

Construction of the Winn Family & Wellness Center is expected to begin on February 4 and will last 16 weeks. We expect the spaces will open in mid-to-late June.

What is closing in the Leventhal-Sidman Center?

Beginning on Monday, February 4, we will close the two floors across from the gymnasium, with the exception of the group fit studio and access to the track through June 2019. The main impact will be the children’s gym, child care/babysitting and Mind and Body studio. We anticipate keeping the current Group Fitness Studio open for the majority of the construction until early May when that space will close for the final weeks of construction. We have succeeded in moving the majority of programming to other spaces in the building. Our goal is to minimize our member and user disruption.

How will you communicate with members about construction impact?

It’s an exciting time at JCC Greater Boston and there will be a lot of details to communicate to our members and users. We plan to update our community in several ways: via a dedicated section of our website, dedicated Sunday construction email updates, and by posting signs in the building. If you have opted out of JCC Greater Boston emails, please contact us at reimagine@jccgb.org to rejoin this important communication system.

How will parking be impacted during the project?

We are very aware of the need for smooth and easy access to the building at all times. We want to limit the impact on parking as much possible. If there are any adjustments to parking, we will clearly communicate those to our community on a regular and timely basis. Staging of and delivery routes for construction materials and machinery will be worked out with an eye to your convenience and safety. We’ll provide abundant signage and, if need be, staff, in the lot during busy times to make sure your access is unimpeded.

Will there be disruption to the indoor pool?

No, the indoor pool will remain open during construction.

When do you think the building will be closed, if at all?

The Leventhal Sidman Center will remain open throughout construction. There will be no impact to the George Schultz Fitness Center, locker rooms and indoor pool. The main impact will be the children’s gym, child care/babysitting and Mind and Body studio. We anticipate keeping the current Group Fitness Studio open for the majority of the construction until early May when that space will close for the final weeks of construction. We have succeeded in moving the majority of programming to other spaces in the building. Our goal is to minimize our member and user disruption.

How will I benefit from the construction?

This renovation will benefit every user with an upgraded Fitness Center and wellness spaces, new locker rooms with better experiences and amenities for adults, and separate spaces for children and those who need private changing spaces, and a family wing to better support our users who care for young children.

We are so excited that this renovation will enable our organization to provide the up-to-date dedicated spaces that better meet the needs of our community. More convenient and consolidated access points; better community gathering spaces; and a modern, updated design will ensure that both new and longtime members have a warm, meaningful experience while visiting the Leventhal-Sidman Center.

Specifically, members and users will enjoy:

  • Completely renovated locker rooms for both children and adults, including private changing areas, will allow fitness users, swimmers, campers and preschoolers to have clean, appropriate and modern spaces that meet their needs.
  • A state-of–the-art fitness center featuring many improvements from an entirely new cardio deck and training floor to a stadium-style cycle studio. A new fitness studio lobby will allow members to connect, while adding the convenience of cubbies and benches for quick changes.
  • New and renovated wellness studios with a community gathering space and more natural light and amenities.
  • A brand new Family Resource Wing that will provide convenient, fun, family- and child-friendly spaces for families with children days old through elementary ages. A planned lounge allows caregivers to connect while their children play in age-appropriate spaces with much needed amenities nearby.

Did members input into this new design?

Yes and we are so grateful for your input and support thus far. Since 2010, we have had members providing input in the following ways:

  • 2010-2011 – Community Charrettes
  • 2011 – Feasibility study/member interviews
  • April 2013 – Member input surveys
  • May 2013 – Member input sessions
  • 2013 - present – Parlor Meetings
  • 2013 – present – Volunteer Committees (including Design)
  • 2015-2016 – Committee led updated analysis of current community and business needs to refine final design plans

How will the construction be funded?

This projected is fully funded through philanthropy. These funds are made up of generous contributions from the Greater Boston Jewish community, JCC Greater Boston members, staff and friends to our organization. We have no immediate plans to raise member rates to pay for construction and have carefully planned for and managed our funds to support the work we are planning.

Do you anticipate changes to membership rates?

We do not anticipate any changes to membership fees in the near future.

Will there be additional security during construction?

The creation of the Winn Family and Wellness Center provides little opportunity for any unknown person to enter JCC Greater Boston. The construction team will be sealed off from the building and all work will happen behind closed walls. In the few instances where construction workers need to enter the building to complete work, they will be vetted through the front desk as part of our normal security procedures. All workers inside the building will have visitor tags to make them easily visible to our staff and members.

In addition, we have specifically chosen our construction company as they have experience renovating buildings within the Jewish community and are sensitive to security needs. We will be working closely with them to make sure we are adopting all necessary procedures to keep the building safe and secure.

What will be used in terms of chemicals, equipment, specific materials, etc and how might they impact the environment and our health and safety?

During construction, we will share information about the work and materials used. We have had an environmental study done, so we know that we will not dig up anything dangerous in or under the soil during any excavation work. We’ll try to control the dust as best we can. We will, of course, follow all health and safety guidelines around the use of chemicals and materials.

Family Questions

With the closing of the children’s gym, where can I take my children to play indoors?

The back quadrant of the Basketball Gym is available for free play to families Monday-Friday from 4-6pm; and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am to close. Later in February, an indoor modular space will be set up as a Family Gym on the West Lawn.

Will enrichment classes still run?

Yes. All enrichment classes will run as scheduled. A few classes will be relocated and details will be shared with participating families.

Group Fitness Questions

Do you anticipate changes to the group class schedule during construction?

We have been able to successfully relocate nearly every displaced class to date. Please consult the calendar on the JCC website or the front desk if you are unsure the location of a particular class.

Who will communicate about class and location changes?

JCC Greater Boston Group Fitness Manager, Heidi White, will be communicating to group fit users about any disruptions. You can also get information:

  • From the staff at the front desk
  • Updates on JCC Greater Boston’s web site
  • Weekly news in the Sunday member emails

When do you think the building will be closed, if at all?

The Leventhal Sidman Center will remain open throughout construction. There will be no impact to the George Schultz Fitness Center, locker rooms and indoor pool. The main impact will be the children’s gym, child care/babysitting and Mind and Body studio. We anticipate keeping the current Group Fitness Studio open for the majority of the construction until early May when that space will close for the final weeks of construction. We will be working to relocate classes and programs to other areas of the building as needed and will be communicating more specifics in the weeks ahead. Our goal is to minimize our member and user disruption.

Is there more construction after this?

Later renovations to the Leventhal Sidman Center will involve renovating the lobby space to be more welcoming, comfortable, secure and expansive, re-designing the café and building a state of the art teaching kitchen for all ages.

 

If you have additional questions that you don’t see highlighted here, please contact reimagine@jccgb.org.

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