The Township of Woodbridge stepped up when the privately-owned Club at Woodbridge became available. The owners, foregoing more lucrative offers in order to preserve the site, sold the property to the town in September of 2018. Funding was provided by the recreation utility, facilitating the purchase from user fees and other monies secured from the township’s community center and recreation programs. Professionals from T&M and The Vaughn Collaborative were engaged to upgrade the 111,000-square-foot building and exterior property, which was originally built in the 1970s.
The $2.1 million project was broken into phases. A full building rehabilitation included lockers, toilets and shower rooms, replacing HVAC units, and lighting, as well as upgrading the plumbing and fire protection system. Renovation of the 26,000-square-foot tennis courts included a 4,000-square-foot addition to accommodate a new full-size hockey rink, complete with a concession area, bleachers and storage for an ice-resurfacing vehicle. Exterior site improvements included new pedestrian and vehicular access to the parking lot, as well as associated utilities and stormwater management. A new scoreboard and a viewing platform were installed above the public restrooms. Completed in December of 2021, the club preserved 200 jobs and today is home to an impressive list of sporting and fitness programs. There is even a childcare facility, a spinning studio with 30 bikes, and a golf simulation machine. Best of all, the project used no tax dollars for construction.
The Vaughn Collaborative
Michael Riesz & Co.
M. Elaine Dasti, PE,
Vice President, Company Practice Leader,