Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello Provides Update On New Senior Center Project (May 2022)

Below is an update from Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello, published in the Senior Center’s latest Buzzell Buzz newsletter:

WILMINGTON, MA — Here’s what has been happening since our last Update in the April Newsletter:

On April 8, 2022, Terri Marciello had a good meeting with architect Lee Morrissette of Dietz and Co. at the Senior Center to review the building layout and space needs.

On April 6, the architect , Dan Pallotta our OPM and George Hooper, the Chair of the Senior Center Building Committee, made a presentation at the Senior Center on the current status of the project and to answer questions and receive input from seniors. There were over 40 seniors in attendance. There was a wide range of questions and good discussion on the project.

The Senior Center Building Committee met that evening April 6. Our OPM, Dan Pallotta indicated that the site survey was completed and was forwarded to the architect to incorporate into the final site design. He indicated that the site was favorable with no unanticipated issues.

Our architect Lee Morrissette reviewed the changes in the parking layout since the last meeting. The revisions to the building floor plan and location of activities was discussed and a consensus was reached on the general layout. Further fine tuning will be done during the design process. The architect presented a 3D view of the building along with a “fly through” of the building so the Committee could better visualize the interior spaces. In general the Committee liked the drawings. The entrance to the building generated discussion and further work will be done in that regard.

The architect had its structural engineer provide a preliminary overview of the structural frame options, which include:

  • Steel beams/columns
  • Engineered wood timber
  • Typical wood trusses and stick framing
  • Hybrid system of above methods

Cost and material availability will be important considerations in the selection of the building’s structural framework. These options will be evaluated as we get further into the building design and cost estimates are prepared.

The Committee had a brief meeting on April 20 to discuss the content of the Committee’s Report that will be given at the April 30 Annual Town Meeting.

The Senior Center Building Committee is scheduled to meet on the evenings of May 11 and May 25 at the Town Hall.

We need to stay engaged as the design process moves forward. We are entering an important phase of the project. This will be your Senior Center. Let’s make it what you want.

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