HAMPTON—Hampton City Council and other distinguished guests from the City of Hampton recently boarded the Hampton Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “Scuddle Bus” to conduct a construction site tour of major projects that are currently underway in Hampton.
The first stop was the Fox Hill Neighborhood Center, located at 65 Hall Rd., where the group took a tour of the existing space and the addition that is under construction. They received information from Nicole Davilli, the architect with Woolpert, and Brandy Heywood of Heartland Construction. The gymnasium construction is expected to be completed in September of this year.
The second destination was the Mary W. Jackson Neighborhood Center at 201 Lincoln St. The center replaces one demolished in 2015 because of its severe state of deterioration. The anticipated replacement was rechristened the Mary Jackson Neighborhood Center in 2018. Mary W. Jackson, the first African-American engineer and mathematician to work at NASA, was a product of the neighborhood, and was active with youth there, creating a science club to engage them. The group received information from Sam Bowling of Work Program Architects, Gary Haste and Joe Ketchum of Associated Contracting Services, and Allen Hoilman, Curator with the Hampton History Museum. Construction is anticipated to be completed in June 2022.
The final stop was at the site of Hampton’s Aquaplex located at 1908 Coliseum Dr. The group received information from Tom Tingle of Guernsey Tingle Architects and Nicole Anderson of Clancy & Theys. Upon completion, the Aquaplex will feature a two-story aquatics building with 62,000 square feet of space that will house a competition pool, a program pool, a spa, locker rooms, concessions, a multi-purpose room, a team room, a coach room, a meeting room, staff support rooms, and stadium seating for up to 1,500 people. The Splash Park building will be a single-story 3,350 square foot facility with restrooms, a ticketing room, a lifeguard office, a lifeguard breakroom, changing rooms, and a first aid station. The Splash Park will feature a leisure pool with a water basketball island, kids play structure with slides, sky soaker, lazy river, and two body slides. All construction is on track to be completed by September of 2022. The Aquaplex is also expected to attract national attention for all levels of swimming and diving competitions. The facility will also be open to residents and guests for lessons, exercise, and fun.