The local chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) recently recognized several projects, including the Fletcher Cove Community Center in Solana Beach. APWA Projects of the Year serve as examples of excellence in infrastructure; this year’s winners improved water, sewer, energy and transportation systems, schools, hospitals, police and fire facilities, military bases and community parks.
According to APWA, the Fletcher Cove Community Center was recognized because it “provides a lasting testament to the spirit of the Solana Beach residents and officials who made it possible. A community foundation covered 75 percent of its rehabilitation costs, and a local architect, landscape designer, engineers and LEED consultants donated their services to make the Center a reality.
“The project converted a dilapidated 1940s U.S. Army Barracks, which was constructed with asbestos-containing materials, into a true community center. After a professional team removed the asbestos, the reconstruction incorporated environmentally-friendly materials and met LEED silver standards. Water efficient fixtures cut indoor water use by 33 percent and the landscape, designed to survive without irrigation, avoids runoff to protect the coast.
The Fletcher Cove Community Center provides a welcoming space for community meetings, classes and civic events, including the Solana Beach Community Sing-Along, which regularly draws 20-30 weekly participants. Steven Dalton Architects of Solana Beach provided pro-bono design; Delta Builders constructed the Fletcher Cove Community Center for the City of Solana Beach.”