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Information on Denbigh Community Center ribbon cutting ceremony and open house

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2013 Feb 20

The City of Newport News will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Denbigh Community Center (15198 Warwick Boulevard) at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, which is open to the public, will feature remarks from City officials, musical performances, and special effects at the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon to officially open the facility. Light refreshments and tours of the center will follow the ceremony.

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, the center will hold a public Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with demonstrations of the programs that will be offered at the center, hands-on activities for all ages, and refreshments. Demonstrations will included Instructional Classes (Hapkido, Zumba, Martial Arts, Hip Hop Dance, Kids Expressive Dance, Relax Kids Yoga, Beginning Spanish, and Decorative Painting), and Active Lifestyles Programs (Zumba Gold, Dancing with Joy, Pickleball, and Fusion Fitness). In the fitness room, there will be demonstrations of the fitness equipment and TRX classes. Free face painting and crafts for kids will also be available. The teen center will be open with mini challenges, pool, foosball, air hockey, ping pong, the computer lab, and video gaming. The Active Lifestyles Program will exhibit artwork and crafts created by their class instructors and students, present juicing and tea demonstrations by Scott McDougall of Simply Well in Virginia Beach, hold a Socrates Café discussion group, and accept registrations for their classes. The two gymnasiums will host youth leagues games in field hockey, basketball, and indoor soccer and Active Lifestyles pickleball demonstrations.

The $14.5 million Denbigh Community Center was constructed with energy-saving features (details below). The 52,800 square-foot facility features a double gymnasium surrounded by an indoor walking track, seven multi-purpose rooms, a full-service concession stand/café, a fitness room, dance room, early childhood center with an outdoor playground, and a teen center. A zero-depth, color-lighted “splash fountain” accents the main entrance.

Ranging in occupancy of 30 – 200 people, the seven multi-purpose rooms will be available for rentals (birthday parties, baby and wedding showers, wedding receptions, and meetings) and will host Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism’s Instructional Classes (Art, Computers, Sewing, Personal Development, Music, and Nutrition). The fitness room will be the site of Instructional Classes (Martial Arts, Fitness, and Cheering) and Active Lifestyles (age 50 and up) fitness classes. The dance room will be used for dance classes offered by the Instructional Class Program and the Active Lifestyles Program as well as being available for rent by dance clubs as rehearsal space.

The two full-sized gymnasiums will be utilized for sports leagues (Basketball, Field Hockey, Indoor Soccer, and Volleyball), tournaments (local, state, and national), an Active Lifestyles indoor walking program, and special events. The center has lockers, a snack bar, and a lounge area.

The teen center will be a safe location for teens to meet and make friends as well as participate in fun programmed activities and events. The room features five large flat screen televisions, a computer lab, gaming system (including Xbox, PlayStation and Wii), gaming tables including pool, ping pong, air hockey and foosball), homework help, and arts and crafts. A Middle School afterschool program (weekly fee of $54) will be offered from 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for middle school students. Transportation will be provided from Mary Passage and Dozier middle schools to the center. A drop-in recreation program for middle and high school students will be offered Monday through Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The early childhood center, with an outside play area, will offer a full-day (Monday – Friday, 6:50 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) early childhood childcare curriculum-based program for potty trained children ages three and four (weekly fee of $89.00).


• The "thermal mass" characteristics of concrete masonry construction reduce the heating and cooling loads by reducing temperature fluctuations.
• Main entrance doors are automatic, with air-lock vestibules to minimize air leakage.
• Roofs have a reflectance requirement and an "Energy Star" listing requirement.
• The roof design includes an additional coating for increased reflectance.
• Glass has a low-emissivity coating, and enhanced thermal performance. In winter, the specified glass has 62% more insulating value than conventional insulating glass.
• In summer, the specified system transmits only 41% as much of the sun's heat as conventional insulating glass.
• The skylights include glass fiber insulation as part of the sandwich panel construction.
• These panels have three and a half times the insulating value of conventional insulating glazing or skylights.
• The mechanical HVAC design incorporates high-efficiency pump and fan motors.
• Boilers are designed for dual-fuel use to take advantage of digester methane gas piped from the City landfill.
• Domestic water heaters are designed for dual-fuel use to take advantage of digester methane gas piped from the City landfill.
• The mechanical systems for the gymnasium are equipped with heat recovery wheels for exhausted air.
• The building automation system optimizes energy consumption by carefully monitoring and managing the building HVAC start up, cycling and shutdown.
• Rooms have occupancy sensors so that lights will automatically turn off when the space is not occupied.
• All parking lot and other site lighting uses LED fixtures, cutting energy consumption in half.


  • Concrete masonry units, brick, mortar and grout products are required to be manufactured within 500 miles of the construction site.
  • Concrete masonry units are required to have a recycled content of at least 25%.
  • The field brick contains 82% recycled content. Minor bricks used also have recycled content.
  • Structural steel is required to be at least 60% recycled steel.
  • Gypsum board has a 99% recycled gypsum content, a 100% recycled paper face, and is required to be produced within 500 miles of the project site.
  • The fiber in the carpet tile has a minimum of 25% recycled content. The backing contains 40% recycled content.
  • Panels in the suspended ceiling system are made using 82% recycled content.
  • The ceiling suspension grid has 63% recycled content.
  • Fluorescent fixtures include extended-life lamps.
  • Space for a recycling dumpster is provided as part of the design.


  • Lumber used is required to be from certified sustainable forests, as defined by the guidelines of the Forestry Stewardship Council.
  • Treated wood is required to be free of arsenic, copper and other heavy metals.
  • Wood used in cabinets is required to be from certified sustainable forests, as defined by the guidelines of the Forestry Stewardship Council, and particle board used in cabinets is required to have 50% recycled content.
  • All wood products in wood doors, including veneers and wood cores, are required to be from certified sustainable forests.
  • All components of wood doors are free of urea-formaldehyde.
  • Maple used in gymnasium floors is required to be from certified sustainable forests, as defined by the guidelines of the Forestry Stewardship Council.
  • The use of a low-odor, low-VOC asphalt for the roof installation gives us the durability of a modified-bitumen roof without the volatile organic vapors of standard hot asphalt.
  • Batt insulation used is glass fiber insulation free of urea-formaldehyde.
  • Paints used have low or zero emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Water controls for faucets, urinals and water closets are automatic-operating.
  • Low water consuming plumbing fixtures were used in the design.


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