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Special committee looks at room usage

Maximizing space utilization

Posted 5/13/21

One of the many steps in creating a master plan for the community includes special committees that are designed to gather data for the Recreation Centers of Sun City West administration.

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COMMUNITY

Special committee looks at room usage

Maximizing space utilization

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One of the many steps in creating a master plan for the community includes special committees that are designed to gather data for the Recreation Centers of Sun City West administration.

The Space Solutions Special Committee met April 29 to discuss the findings of some data regarding both the Kuentz Recreation Center, 14401 R.H. Johnson Blvd., and Beardsley Recreation Center, 12755 W. Beardsley Road, club rooms. The committee is made up of Chairman George Kuchtyak, Kay Williams, Donna Maloney and Harry Stannebein.

Ms. Williams was assigned the Kuentz facility and said the focus was on classrooms three, four and five. In these particular classrooms the maximum occupancy today is 60 people, with the original design set for 90 people. The number was reduced after it was realized crafters were working in too tight of quarters.

“The average use is 45 people at a time and all three rooms have ample cabinet storage and display windows to showcase projects, which is important to the clubs,” she explained.

Room three was used for 116.5 hours in one month’s time. Room four is the most used room with 120 hours per month. Room five is the least used room with only 48 hours per month of usage. According to Ms. Williams the Boomers Club was offered the room during a specific time period, which to date hasn’t been used.

“Craft room five can certainly be used as a meeting room. When we need a meeting room for a club board meeting that room can be booked for that. It can also be used for some clubs that are now meeting together,” she said.

Ms. Williams said the courtyard is used frequently for picnics, general meeting and luncheons and the courtyard outside of the Women’s Club is currently not being used much at all due to other closures in the area.

After inquiring about the size of the room, it was determined craft room five could be used by poker players, as the original capacity is 90.

Ms. Maloney discussed the findings of club space and membership participation at the Beardsley facility. While the findings showed Glass Art Club is growing and Copper Enameling looks to be declining no changes were suggested for the space.

Ms. Maloney said the photography room has a lot of unused space with little participation and made the suggestion to move the group into the Computer Club space at Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 W. Deer Valley Drive. Additionally, the suggestion was made the photography space could be turned into two rooms and the Railroad Club could use it and the other side with the display window used for a potential expansion of the Clay Club or another club. The Railroad Club space at R.H. Johnson Recreation Center, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., could be used for meetings. 

Ms. Maloney explained the Scapbooking Club room had low participation and could be used by the Photography Club or another spot. Craft room three at Kuentz could be used for photography or Beaders Club could go there as well.

“For the Sun Stainer Club membership and participation is low and maybe could be eliminated. The space makes more sense for facilities staff offices, which gives direct access to supplies and storage,” she explained.

She added the Clay Club is in great need or a reorganization. The outside areas hold a lot of items and the area needs a dumpster, but offers great space availability. The suggestion was made to add some racks and rollers and epoxy the floor. The outside courtyard area is desirable and being used, but the suggestion of new and improved seating and the possible addition of a metal sculpture was recommended.

Ms. Maloney explained using the facility lead and gathering actual data made more sense to understand how the space was being used.

Reporter Jennifer Jimenez can be reached at jjimenez@newszap.com or follow her on Twitter @SCW_Independent.

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