The town of North Manchester, like numerous other Midwest communities, has an aging population with unique needs. Another demographic of this tight-knit population is the number of families with small children and the special requirements associated with this age group. A specific focus on family locker and restrooms was necessary to allow these age groups the ability to use and enjoy the facility. In this arrangement, caregivers can easily escort those with additional needs into the changing area and provide the necessary help. This was a specific example of designing and building project elements adapted to the needs of the users.
We worked with MKS from the outset of the design, through the final punch list of the Strauss-Peabody Aquatic and Fitness Center in North Manchester. I am a retired school superintendent and have been through several building projects and worked with several architects, construction managers, general contractors, sub-contractors, etc. Our experience with Kinder was great. They did exactly what they were supposed to do. They provided guidance to us through the design phases and the construction documents phase so that we stayed with our budget. Our main priorities were very well protected by Kinder’s involvement and we reduced costs through their recommendations to do things a little differently with minor things throughout the process. The construction period was very smooth. The contractors obviously liked working for Kinder and, when necessary, Kinder held their feet to the fire. In my experience, there is always one contractor who begins to hold everyone else up. Kinder knew what to expect and they were on top of it before it became an issue. The project was completed early – which is a phenomenal statement in the construction industry. Kinder’s responsiveness to our questions and concerns, their suggestions to make things better, and their follow up with punch list items were outstanding.Jim Smith