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Harris County Precinct 3 and LAN Celebrate Grand Opening of Steve Radack Community Center

Steve Radack Community Center
Steve Radack Community Center
HOUSTON, TX — Harris County Precinct 3 residents will have a new place to congregate, due to the completion of the new Steve Radack Community Center. Precinct 3 celebrated the grand opening of the facility. The new community center will replace the Bear Creek Community Center, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

The new nearly $7-million community center, which can accommodate 800 people, is more than three times larger than the original Bear Creek Community Center. Spanning 24,500 square feet, the multipurpose facility comprises seven classrooms, three large conference rooms, a 4,500-square-foot community hall, and a large kitchenette to support catered events. It also includes restrooms, bicycle storage, offices, and administration spaces. The new facility will offer Precinct 3 residents exercise classes, dance lessons, arts and crafts, games, seminars, lectures, community meetings, as well as an early voting center.

The previous community center, which was located at Bear Creek Park, suffered significant damage during the 2016 Tax Day Floods. After the community center was rebuilt, Hurricane Harvey damaged it beyond repair. Consequently, Precinct 3 decided to relocate the new community center to the north side of Clay Road in an area above the flood plain. To support Harris County’s desire for low-impact development, the facility’s parking lot was built to detain flood water through permeable pavers and underground water detention. The facility is also designed to be LEED-certified and its mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems are energy-efficient.

Planning, engineering, and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) served as the architect and engineer-of-record, Binkley & Barfield, Inc. designed the site drainage and detention system, and Whiting-Turner served as the contractor.

“The completion of the Steve Radack Community Center marks a major milestone toward achieving Precinct 3’s goals,” said Jeff Thomas, P.E., LAN’s Vice President. “The facility will not only provide residents a great space to gather and enjoy various activities, but also serve as a model for future Harris County community centers.”
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