I heard there is going to be construction on the Leventhal-Sidman building. If so, what is happening?

Yes! JCC Greater Boston began its journey in this building 35 years ago. Today, our users are looking for updated, bright, clean and modern facilities. This renovation gives our users what they are asking for – upgraded fitness spaces, new locker rooms with spa-like experiences for adults and separate spaces for children and those who need private changing spaces, and a family resource 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 easy to navigate, dedicated spaces that meet the needs of our members and users.  

What is the timeline for construction?

Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2018 and finish in Fall 2018.

If the bulk of the construction work during the project will be right next to the pool, what are the plans to mitigate noise and other pollution of the pool?

The pool ventilation system is completely separate from the ventilation systems in the locker rooms and ground level hallways, so temperature, humidity, and air quality should be unaffected in the pool area. In addition, there will be barriers between the locker rooms and the pool in order to prevent migration of odors, dust or chemicals from the locker rooms to the pool area.

We’re keeping impacts to the pool schedule to as few and as brief as possible. One such interruption will be during the construction of 3 showers on the pool deck. We’re adding these for swimmer convenience and to protect the cleanliness of the air and water in the pool area. We plan to alert members of this work well in advance so users can plan accordingly.

How will you let me know if there are any changes to the pool schedule?

While we do expect these disruptions to be minimal, we know how important regular and comprehensive communication will be to ensuring a smooth experience. Regular emails will be a part of our communication plan to ensure that members will have a great summer experience.

We’re keeping impacts to the pool schedule to as few and as brief as possible. One such interruption will be during the construction of 3 showers on the pool deck. We’re adding these for swimmer convenience and to protect the cleanliness of the air and water in the pool area. We plan to alert members of this work well in advance so users can plan accordingly.

If the locker rooms are going to be renovated, where will the swimmers change?

Temporary facilities will be set up for showering and changing and will be accessible through the secondary exit off the back of the pool. A big reason we are managing the construction over the summer is so our swimmers don’t have to use alternate changing facilities during cold weather.

The temporary facilities will be enclosed and housed within a security fence. We take the security of these facilities seriously and are working closely with our construction company on placement and construction of these units.

Who is going to clean the temporary facilities?

We are maintaining our current cleaning company and have increased the frequency of their cleaning schedule within the temporary facilities to ensure a clean and safe environment for all our pool users.

What are you doing to the locker rooms?

We are completely reconfiguring and renovating the locker rooms for both children and adults, including family and gender neutral changing areas. This will allow fitness users, swimmers, campers and preschoolers to have clean, appropriate and modern spaces that meet their needs.

What ages will children’s locker rooms serve?

The new adult lockers rooms will be reserved for adults 18 and older. The boys and girls locker rooms will serve children ages 6-17, including swim team. The family changing rooms will offer private space for all ages. 

What will families with multiple age children use for changing?

The opportunity to have more options for family changing is one of the things we’re most excited about in the new plan and we think the experience will improve for every single user. The new adult lockers rooms will be reserved for Adults, 18 and older. The boys and girls locker rooms will serve children ages 6-17, including swim team. The family changing rooms will offer private changing space for all ages.

Children who are 5 years old or younger must use one of the 10 new private changing rooms. Children between the ages of 6 and 17 may use the boys or girls locker rooms or may accompany a parent into a private changing room. Adults who are the same gender as their child may accompany their child into the girls or boys changing rooms. Adults who identify as a different gender than their child, must use the family changing rooms.

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