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Palace Recreation Center Renovation
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Built in 1974, Palace is an 8,300 square foot recreation center in the West 7th neighborhood and one of the most highly attended recreation centers in the City of Saint Paul. CIB funding has been approved for some needed renovation and expansion work. The design will build on a Facility Upgrade Study completed in 2009 by Hagen Christiansen & McIlwain Architects. Through a thorough building analysis and community engagement, the Study helped develop the vision and budget for the building upgrade. The resulting recommendations included major remodeling and expansion concepts for the first floor, relocation of the play area and adjustments to the layout of the athletic fields. Anticipated new program elements include a fitness room, meeting room, arts room, teen room, warming room and a multi-purpose room. These spaces will be verified through continued community engagement to ensure the results of the 2009 analysis are still valid today. Goals for the project also include making the facility more visually inviting, meeting ADA guidelines, and improving mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment.

Design began in September, 2014 with the selected Architecture firm, Lawal Scott Erickson (LSE). We are very excited to be proceeding with this project. Construction on building improvements is anticipated to begin in late Spring of 2015. Improvements to the greater park area are planned for the following year, 2016, coinciding with CIB funding.

The first meeting of the Palace Design Advisory Committee occurred on September 30th. Among the discussion topics were ideas, goals, and hopes for the project by committee members and the design team. The design team also presented progress to date on the site plan and floor plan. Notes and schematic design plans from the meeting can be viewed through the link below under “Project Resources.”

We would love to hear from you! Please consider offering your opinions and ideas through a survey available at the following site,



Design Open House 1 – October 28th, 6pm 
Design Open House 2 – January 13th, 6pm 

Project Resources
Design Advisory Committee Meeting #1 Notes and Plans

Links to relevant websites:

Palace Recreation Center General Information:"detail"

Lawal Scott Erickson Architects Inc:

Project Information
Project manager: Chris Stark
Ph: 651-266-6419

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