LARGO — The city's new, state-of-the-art community center is scheduled to open to the public Sunday.
The opening would take place less than a year after construction began last Jan. 23.
One surprise about the building is its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification, the U.S. Green Building Council's highest rating for energy efficiency. No other building in Pinellas County, and only four other business or institutional structures in the state carry such a high level of certification.
Henry Schubert, the city's assistant city manager, said the city was shooting for the platinum level, but wanted to keep the announcement under wraps until all was said and done.
The $10.5 million, 30,000-square-foot building at 400 Alternate Keene Road replaces the old 18,500-square-foot community center at 65 Fourth St., which closed last month. The old building was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the previous structure in 1988.
What won't be a surprise for many is the new building's list of amenities, which will be on display throughout Sunday afternoon for the city's open house celebration via workshops and performances.
The events will take place at the center from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and will include free class demonstrations, ranging from yoga to pottery, as well as 36 entertainment acts — including a barbershop quartet and the Tutterow Dancers, the city-sponsored dance company.
The event is free, and chips and hot dogs will be served.
The dancers, for instance, will showcase the stage and hardwood floors in the center's main ballroom, which dwarfs the sometimes-cramped interior space of the old structure. They will perform at noon and throughout the day in the ballroom and studios.
Other ballroom events include a golf demonstration and the Four Tune Nuts barbershop quartet.
The center also has four studio spaces, including a black box theater, which can support smaller, more intimate performances. Each will host its own array of demonstrations throughout the day, including fitness, line dancing, self-defense, Pilates, tai chi, yoga and karaoke.
Pottery, a writers workshop, language lessons and computer lessons will also be showcased in the building's art, conference and card rooms.