As community centers in Sun City Summerlin age, they are scheduled for renovations. Desert Vista’s facelift was in 1998. Sun Shadows got its makeover in 2012. Now, it’s Mountain Shadows’ turn.
“It has to be done,” said David Steinman, director of the Sun City Summerlin Community Association Inc. “We’ve just gone a long time, and it’s time to update the product. You’ve got to use your reserves and correct things that are old and make them more modern. The whole place is 20-plus years old; it’s tired and needs a bit of redoing.”
The changes began June 3 when crews started remodeling one side of the building at 9107 Del Webb Blvd. Phase One addressed the Thunderbird Room, the library area, the men’s rooms, two bathrooms and the hallway. That portion was scheduled to take 23 days and has been completed.
Phase Two was slated to begin July 9, when attention was to shift to the High Sierra Room and the remainder of the hallway. It’s expected to take five weeks to complete.
Cosmetic upgrades, mostly color changes, were done to the center five or six years ago. The scope of this renovation far exceeds those improvements on the 24-year-old property.
A separate building houses the fitness center, which is not being addressed. Staff areas are also not affected.
The budget for the renovation is $200,000.
Patty Rosia, executive director of the association, said she saw the need for the updated décor.
“The people here at Sun City deserve to have a more modern look to the facility, a brighter look to the facility,” Rosia said. “We have hundreds of people come into this facility on a daily basis. It needs to have the ‘wow’ factor, and that’s what we’re bringing to the table.”
Many of the activities for seniors at Mountain Shadows are based around card clubs, including gin rummy, canasta, cribbage, mah-jongg and poker.
Marlene Katz, a resident who plays pan and mah-jongg at Mountain Shadows, saw her groups relocated from the two large rooms where they normally meet. The pan games were relegated to the multipurpose room, which includes a stage, and the mah-jongg was moved to the Summit restaurant at the Pinnacle Community Center, 2215 Thomas W. Ryan Blvd. Katz estimated that as many as 60 people show up for mah-jongg and up to 40 players for pan.
Before the remodel work began, Katz said she would continue playing but that the inconvenience might be too much for other participants.
“There are going to be a lot of withdrawals, I’ll tell you that,” Katz said. “A lot of these women — well, men, too — a lot of these people play cards five or six times a week. This is their only (recreation).”
Disruption is being kept to a minimum, Rosia said.
“We appreciate the homeowners being patient with us,” Rosia said. “They come to this facility on a daily basis for their clubs, and we know it’s an inconvenience, but (the result) will be so worth it.”
The remodel is being done by Floor Works, part of the F K F Corp., 4876 Cecile Ave. President Frank Fleck said the project required about 15,000 square feet of flooring to be replaced with 35 percent tile and the rest with carpet. The bathrooms received new stall separators, toilets and granite countertops.
The biggest part of the job, and most labor-intensive, Fleck said, was removing the wallpaper and prepping the walls for paint.
“Every wall is wallpaper,” he said. “And they have 25-foot ceilings.”
Rosia estimated an average day would see as many as 200 people use the center.
“They’re looking forward to the improvements,” Rosia said. “I know their focus is their cards when they’re here, but I think once we get the remodeling done and (they) see how it looks, they’re going to be really pleased.”
Contact Summerlin/Summerlin South View reporter Jan Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-387-2949.