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Flatirons Golf Course Facility Design

Flatirons Golf Course Facility Design

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Background:

Throughout the past several years, the community has experienced residential and commercial growth providing opportunities to expand the services and community programs at the Flatirons Golf Course if new facilities were available. Community demand for services has outgrown the small space and the temporary restroom is nearing the end of its useful life. Additionally, a full-service event center was located on the site, but had to be demolished given the 2013 flood impacts to the facility. The previous facility included banquet rooms, full service commercial kitchen and administrative offices. Construction of a new pro shop, permanent indoor restrooms, restaurant, cart storage and administrative spaces have been a priority since the retirement of the previous facility. 

In 2019, the Parks and Recreation Department allocated Capital Improvement funds to design a new facility at the Flatirons Golf Course. The department seeks to design and construct a new facility or renovate and add to the existing facilities at the golf course to provide support for the services currently offered.

This facility will offer enhanced golf services with a strong focus on the customer experience and flexibility in use to accommodate a variety of programs and events of interest to golfers and non-golfers. Additionally, the facility will be designed to meet the City’s Energy Conservation Code and other climate action goals for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The building should also integrate with and reflect the area’s natural surroundings and the overall course.

Project Goals

  1. The priority of the facility is to provide a functional yet aesthetic facility to the golf course to support the current programs and needs. 
  2. The facility will serve the golf operations through community-oriented design, flexible, multi-functional spaces, and perhaps complementing existing facilities. 
  3. The facility might be a replacement for the existing buildings on site or complement the existing buildings. 
  4. Deliver a well thought out and functional operations center that will reach new markets, increase revenue flow and create a positive image. 
  5. Provide conceptual designs that consider and incorporate all relevant City of Boulder Revised Code requirements including the most recently adopted Energy Conservation Code and, where possible, incorporate aspirational goals for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. 

Project Process

The project will occur in three phases. Timelines may be adjusted.

PHASE 1: Research and Scope Development (Jan. – Feb. 2020) 

This phase is focused on gathering background information, assessing existing conditions, and developing the goals and objectives for the project. 

PHASE 2: Alternative Concept Plans Development and Review (Feb. - July 2020) 

In this phase, the background information, goals and objectives will shape the draft alternatives for the concept plans. Staff and consultants will be seeking input from operation staff, boards, stakeholders and the community on the alternatives and ideas

PHASE 3: Preferred Concept Plan Development and Review (July – Sept. 2020) 

This phase is focused on developing a preferred hybrid concept plan considering community feedback in addition to existing limitations and regulations required for renovation. 

 

Planning During COVID-19

 

This project was identified, planned and funded prior to COVID-19. Currently this project is in the planning and design stages only. Nonetheless, the city and its partners are committed to community safety and will be following social and physical distancing guidelines. Community engagement will be conducted per these guidelines, including using virtual sharing and connection tools, for as long as physical distancing guidelines are in place. For the latest information on the city’s response to COVID-19, visit bouldercolorado.gov/coronavirus.

 

July 22 Update

The engagement summary for the first round of engagement (from July 6-13) is now available! This first activity has given staff a general idea of community preferences for style and atmosphere, and was used to create the next survey.  Click here to read the engagement summary for Round 1! pdf

Take Survey #2!

The second survey asks for more detail regarding architectural styles for the new facility, as well as explores possible new uses such as event space, a restaurant/bar, and more. Please go check out the survey and let us know what you think!

 

July 21 Update

After the first round of surveys, staff has more questions for you!  Keep an eye out for the survey link when it becomes available tomorrow!  This survey will be available from July 22-31 and will ask more detailed questions about architectural styles and use for the new facility.

 

July 6 Update

A photo of Parks Planner Tina Briggs discussing the project with interested golfers.

Community Feedback

Staff is requesting feedback on the DRAFT Concept Plans for the Flatirons Golf Facility Design. The first round of community engagement will be open from July 6 – July 13. All content and feedback opportunities will be available online. Comments and questions from the community will be shared online and used to make revisions to the DRAFT Concept Plan.

The information boards, including the DRAFT Concept Plans, are available below with an online survey at the end to submit your comments for consideration along with feedback from all other methods provided.   Please leave your comments by July 13, 2020 to be considered in the initial project feedback. Leaving a comment will automatically add you to the e-mail list for updates and notifications about the project.

More ways to participate

The traditional methods of community engagement, such as a public meeting, have been revised to provide an online equivalent. Staff realizes that it is a new way of requesting the feedback. In effort to make information easily available and feedback easy to share, staff has provided some additional opportunities.

  • Information boards will be onsite at the golf course from July 6 - 13 along with comment cards. This will allow golfers with reservations to stop in before or after their round to share their thoughts.
  • Project Planning Staff and Consultants will be at the golf course at two designated times to discuss the project and answer any questions. Please feel free to visit the table outside of the Pro Shop during the times listed below. We ask that you follow public health guidelines if you choose to visit us onsite.

Planning and Design Staff Onsite Times

  • July 6: 4 to 6 p.m.
  • July 7: 10 a.m. to noon
  • Click here to take the online survey and leave your feedback!
  • Stay tuned for a video to support the information boards. The video will be posted by July 9, including common questions or comments from the onsite visits can be addressed.
  • Staff is also available by phone or e-mail to answer any questions or document your comments. COVID-19 has changed the way community engagement is conducted; however, staff is committed to providing the same level of easily accessible and transparent communication.

Please be flexible with us in this new way of doing things! There may be changes in timeline and process throughout this project.

Why Now?

  • The design phase of this project was identified, planned and funded prior to COVID-19. Currently this project is in the planning and design stages only
  • Completing the planning and design work will complete design contracts already in place and provide information regarding options for funding and phasing to plan the next step of construction.

Next Steps

Based on the feedback received from the first round of engagement, revisions will be made to the concept plan and presented back to the community for further review and comment. The second round of community engagement is anticipated in early August. See Board 2: Process and Timeline.

The final concept plan will be shared with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) for acceptance. PRAB meetings are always open to the community with an opportunity to comment at the beginning. Acceptance of a project is achieved through a two-month process. The first month is a presentation and discussion of the project with a vote by PRAB member the following meeting. Confirmed meeting dates will be posted here.

Anticipated Future Phases

  • 2021 - Design Development, Construction Documents and Permitting
  • 2022 - Bidding and Construction

Planning During COVID-19

This project was identified, planned and funded prior to COVID-19. Currently this project is in the planning and design stages only. Nonetheless, the city and its partners are committed to community safety and will be following social and physical distancing guidelines. Community engagement will be conducted per these guidelines, including using virtual sharing and connection tools, for as long as physical distancing guidelines are in place. For the latest information on the city’s response to COVID-19, visit bouldercolorado.gov/coronavirus.

Click here to take the online survey and leave your feedback!

 

July 1 Update

Flatirons Golf Course Facility Design has begun! We are in the early stages of design and want to hear from you.

The project information and graphics will be made available at the golf course and online on July 6 with an opportunity to share your thoughts through July 13 . Staff will also be at the golf course at two designated times to discuss the project and answer any questions. Please feel free to visit us outside of the Pro Shop during the times listed below or visit the project web page. We ask that you follow public health guidelines if you choose to visit us onsite.

Staff Onsite Times (Location: Flatirons Golf Course, 5706 Arapahoe Ave.)

  • July 6 : planning and design staff will be onsite 4 to 6 p.m.
  • July 7: planning and design staff will be onsite 10 a.m. to noon

Information boards will remain onsite through July 13. Check them out before or after your round of golf and provide your thoughts on the provided comment cards or online. The same information boards, as well as a project description and an online survey and feedback form, will be available from July 6 through July 13.

Please continue to visit this project web page for more information and sign up for e-mail notifications below to stay informed about the project and the upcoming community engagement.

 

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