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Pleasanton Senior Center reopens after makeover

Interior, exterior renovations aim to reinvent popular facility

Major renovations and new amenities completed at the Pleasanton Senior Center were unveiled to the public Tuesday.

Closed two weeks for intense repairs, the center's new features and design alterations aim to enhance the center that many local seniors call their home away home.

"When the seniors walk in, I think they'll be delighted," said Raymond Figueroa, the center's recreation coordinator. "They'll enjoy the change of colors and new features. The place will feel warmer with the new aesthetics. The center is already known for its warm staff and now that aspect is enhanced. This is one of the premier centers of Alameda County."

Figueroa managed the logistics of the recent maintenance work at the senior center, which is located at 5353 Sunol Blvd. and offers a variety of activities and services to seniors in the community.

Constructed in 1993, the center was overdue for a carpet replacement and other renovations, according to the city's lead build maintenance worker Thomas Fullam, who along with senior center office assistant Debbie Peterson created the grand vision for the reinvented center.

The center was closed from June 23 to July 7 for the makeover that included brighter color schemes, new light fixtures, tiled flooring, and a repainted exterior and interior.

The center converted to brighter, more energy-efficient LED lights in hallways and other areas throughout. The accent trussing along the ceiling was modified to 65 LED lights, which use less power and highlight architectural features.

The carpeting of the main lobby was removed and replaced with new flooring made from environmentally friendly, post-recycled materials. Old carpeting that laced the entrance room to the main hall, a central gathering area that generates heavy traffic, was completely removed and replaced with tile.

Fullam said he wanted to utilize the widely popular entrance space more efficiently and create a welcoming environment with square tile floors instead of carpet. The old carpet would get dirty often, so the designers had durability and user maintenance in mind when designing the new floor.

Fullam wanted to do an extensive facelift and prolong the life of the building in a functional manner. He said although he couldn't make changes everywhere, he still feels this was a significant upgrade.

"Seniors are the jewels of this town, and we hope they appreciate the new center made for them," Fullam said. "We look forward to seeing them."

In the main hall, aside from freshly repainted white walls, there are user-friendly fabric bulletin boards that replaced the odorous and stained boards from 1993. The work crew tore out the old panels and added tiled, fabric paneling, chosen for its ease with cleaning, visually pleasing pattern and soundproof properties.

To better utilize existing space, an unused room was turned into a dedicated computer lab stocked with laptops donated from Friends of Pleasanton Senior Center. The lab is expected to provide seniors with accessibility to computers as well as computer classes. Lab space is shared with VIP Travel Club, a service provider that offers day- or week-long travel options.

"Efficient use of space was a huge factor in redesigning the interior of the center," Figueroa said.

An area at the rear of the center where the original computer desk was stationed was transformed into a coffee and bistro center with a library. Seniors can peruse magazines and current periodicals provided by Assistance League of Amador Valley or eat a snack in the cafe-style seating arrangement.

The gates that enclose the facility were redone with a high-gloss black finish. Figueroa feels that the new look is visually appealing from the outside. Lamps and others poles spanning the exterior of the center, untouched since 1993, were also repainted.

Figueroa said the center is also introducing a significant change in the lunch program. Partnered with Open Heart Kitchen, the new lunch program -- called Sage Cafe -- began serving meals this week, and there is a formal grand opening set for September. For $3, the lunch comes with a main entree and a salad bar option, a service that is new for the center.

"Residents should feel proud that the city recognizes the senior population and supports senior programs," Figueroa said.

Comments

Posted by Shak, a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jul 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

We moved from Fremont and always thought Pleasanton senior center was the best in the area and it is good to know that they have made it better. Thank you Pleasanton weekly for publishing this article.


Posted by Jake, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Don't we do enough for theses "seniors" already? Stop taking my tax dollars! How many tax breaks did this thing get? We've got too many "seniors" in Pleasanton already. The last thing we need is more. I'm sick of it!


Posted by Jake, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I should also add that this money could have been spent encourage more high tech business to move to Pleasanton, and to build more housing for their workers and families. That will improve the economy and schools.


Posted by #Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Now if that's not cool I don't know what is. I can hardly wait to pop in and put my feet up on something comfy.

I don't visit often but I greatly appreciate the work that accomplished...well done!

HOORAY SENIOR CENTER! VIVA SENIOR CITIZENS! VIVA!


Posted by Confused..., a resident of Avila
on Jul 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)


Posted by #Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)


Posted by Mac, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jul 9, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Do too much for seniors? I think someone needs to rethink their economics. Seniors pay property taxes on their homes and sales taxes just like the rest of us. What they don't do is require as much law enforcement and prosecution for crimes, reckless driving or marital disputes. They also help pay for our schools without having children using the resources, thus improving our schools for the children of others. Florida long ago learned that seniors contribute more, both financially and culturally, than they consume and work hard to attract more. Whatever Pleasanton can do to attract and retain seniors will be a benefit for the entire city.


Posted by Jake, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2014 at 10:44 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)


Posted by Curious, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jul 9, 2014 at 10:45 pm

When senior citizens are filling up most of the seats in your government, where do you think your tax dollars will be spent?


Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 11, 2014 at 6:55 am

Mac,

Thank you. You are right on.
Jake must not have parents or grand parents.
Life is very short.
Jake will spin a different opinion down the road.


Posted by Jake, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2014 at 9:59 am

I do have children and maybe soon grandchildren. Mac's comments were way off. For one, look at accident statistics for octogenarians, then tell me again how they cost society less.

More importantly, look at Medicare and social security.

We do enough for seniors. Let's talk about improving our schools and infrastructure.


Posted by #Cholo, a resident of Dublin
on Jul 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as inappropriate and irrelevant to this thread.)


Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 11, 2014 at 10:39 am

The government forced the contract down our throats, social security and Medicare taxes through our payrolls. I paid the social security taxes for fifty six years and Medicare taxes for forty four years.

The contract is now due and payable.
So, pay up.

If the government would return all of that I paid in, I would not have a need for social security or Medicare in my senior years.

Medicare is basically worthless, it is necessary that seniors purchase supplemental Medicare insurance, plus dental, plus vision, etc.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 11, 2014 at 11:32 am

Kaiser has excellent health plans for seniors and for a small monthly fee, one can also have dental and eye care.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Pleasanton Senior Center/SERVICES:

Web Link

I must admit that many of the senior's that utilize services at the center are WAY COOL and i mean it!

VIVA THE SENIOR CENTER! VIVA!


Posted by Jake, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2014 at 11:08 pm

"The contract is now due and payable."

That is, of course, ridiculous. We signed no contract. We paid taxes. There was no contract.

"If the government would return all of that I paid in, I would not have a need for social security or Medicare in my senior years."

But retirees, on average, take about three times as much back from Social Security and Medicare than they put in. That is the problem. Future generations will see much less, if any, unless something is changed.

We do enough for seniors already. We need to improve out schools and infrastructure.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 12, 2014 at 7:23 am

Jake stinks.


Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 12, 2014 at 8:15 am

Medicare is not free, I pay the Federal Government a monthly premium, in addition because of the unworthiness of Medicare, its lack of coverage. It is necessary that I purchase a Medicare supplemental insurance policy, it is not cheep. I also purchase dental, vision, also not cheep.

I will never get back three times what I paid into social security and Medicare taxes through payroll deductions. I will have to live past eighty-five to get back what I paid in to Social Security. If I lived to be 100 wears old, I will not get back what I paid into Medicare and what I continue to pay into Medicare.


Posted by Jake, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2014 at 10:44 am

"I will never get back three times what I paid into social security and Medicare taxes through payroll deductions."

How do you know what your medical expenses will be in the future? Your numbers don't add up, unless you prove to be a special case. With the current system, on average, people take out 3 times what they put in.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 12, 2014 at 11:13 am

i have no idea how much $ the MA has put in and i care less...hope the system goes bankrupt by the time he's ready to retire...i do my best to receive every benefit that i'm entitled to...that's how the system works for me...you outta try it...keep going back it works!


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