A construction contract for renovations on the city’s most-visited recreation center—with over 500,000 visitors annually—was approved by Plano City Council.

A guaranteed maximum price contract with Lee Lewis Construction worth over $13.5 million for renovations at the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center was approved by council members during the June 24 meeting. A guaranteed maximum price contract makes the contractor, Lee Lewis Construction, responsible for any overages should they occur as long as they fall within the scope of work.

Two-minute impact

The more than $13.5 million contract is part of a $15.9 million renovation project for the recreation center, which will include replacement of the HVAC system, roof repairs, and resurfacing for the recreational gym floor and walking track. Locker room facilities are also included in the project scope.

In addition to the enhancements to the nonaquatic facilities, there are plans to upgrade the pool pump and motor along with shade structures in the pool area.

The project will also be the largest update to the Plano recreation center since it opened in 2009.

Looking ahead

To accommodate the renovations, the recreation center will close in February. However, recreation pass holders are able to use all other city recreation facilities with the exception of the High Point Tennis Center.

Assuming there are no delays, city officials expect the renovated recreation center to reopen to the public in October 2025.