SRA’s New Boathouse
More than 10 years in the making, SRA’s new boathouse is close to completion. At 12,000 square feet, the two-story facility is four times larger than SRA’s original boathouse.
New boathouse design
The sleek, modern design features an exterior clad in contrasting metal siding, as well as numerous windows throughout to create a light and airy feel.
The ground floor, completed in fall 2013, features three boat bays with state-of-the-art retractable boat racks, oar racks, cox-box storage, a maintenance-and-repair shop, a regatta-equipment storage room, and a unisex bathroom with laundry facilities.
On the second floor, the 2,100-sq.-ft. gym was inaugurated in spring 2015 and houses ergs, exercise bikes, weight equipment, and floor mats. Its 19-foot glass-paneled garage door lets in air and light even on the gloomiest Northwest days. The remainder of the second floor consists of administrative offices, a coaches’ room, a multipurpose room with kitchenette for meetings and yoga classes, storage spaces, and men’s and women’s locker rooms. We expect to begin using the second floor in spring 2016. During summer 2016, we will add enhancements such as the trophy cabinet, engraved-brick patio, donor-recognition wall, and security system.
The concrete pad from the old boathouse has been left intact and is fenced off to provide secure storage for launches. A shed was erected for gas storage. The shed is also used to store launch equipment like life jackets and first aid supplies, to keep them dry and protected from the weather. Pop-up boat covers provide protection for the launches.
Approaching the finish line
The Sammamish Rowing Association boathouse is truly a public community resource. Thanks to extremely generous grants of over $1 million from King County Parks and $500,000 from the taxpayers of the State of Washington, as well as the faithful support of SRA’s own members, the boathouse will soon be complete. A Grand Opening celebration is planned for Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 1 pm.
ARC Architects, a Seattle-based firm founded in 1976, designed SRA’s new boathouse. Architect Simon Williams of City Gate Design, who also serves as SRA’s boathouse manager and junior novice boys coach, also played a major role in revising and updating the design.
Impact on the wetlands
The new boathouse is surrounded by wetlands. The building sits entirely within a wetland buffer, a natural area that protects the nearby wetlands. In addition, SRA has done significant mitigation work as part of the project. Mitigation has involved efforts to protect, restore and enhance the wetlands. For more information about the mitigation efforts, click here.