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San Pablo Community Center at Helms (PW 535)
The City of San Pablo is working with Noll & Tam Architects and Planners in the design and building of the San Pablo Community Center at Helms Middle School.  While the design of the center has been completed and construction has begun, the City of San Pablo is always looking for comments and ideas from our residents.  If you have some ideas for the new Community Center, please contact Mike Heller, Project Manager, at 510-215-3071 or by email at .

Helms Community Center Site Map

Helms Square Footage

For more detailed information please see the slideshow below.

If you would like a copy of any particular slide please contact the Recreation office at (510) 215-3204 or by email at


Community Meetings-Concept Design Phase
Steering Committee Meeting - TBA

Project Overall Schedule
April - July 1st 2011 Proposition 84 proposal submittal preparation
April - July 30 Space Programming and Concept Design
Aug 1 - Sept 30 Design Development
Oct 1 - mid Feb 2012 Construction Documents for Permitting and Bidding
June 4, 2012 Construction Contract awarded to Sausal Corporation
April 2013 - March 2014  Construction Duration (Estimate)

3 Million California Department of Parks and Recreation
1 Million East Bay Regional Park District Measure WW
1.6 Million City of San Pablo
2.7 Million New Market Tax Credits

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Size of the Building?
The actual Community Center will be 10,500 Square Feet. This will include a large multi-purpose space with a kitchen, two smaller meeting/class rooms, a teen lounge, a computer room, and a fitness room.
Why is it 10,500 square feet?
The City has entered a lease agreement with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) for a 20,000 square foot plot of land adjacent to the Helms Middle School. Through the partnership established with the School District and the desire not to duplicate services, the Helms Steering Community, the City, and the Design Architect has worked hard to develop a building that will suit the needs of our residents while still being able to use the Middle School’s gymnasium and fields.
When will the project be completed?

The Community Center should begin construction in the Spring/Summer of 2012. The City is targeting a grand opening by the beginning of the School year in 2013.
What is Prop 84 and are we guaranteed an award?
The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84) authorizes $5.388 billion in general obligation bonds. $400 Million have been allocated to the development of new parks and community spaces through two competitive application rounds. Currently the City of San Pablo is competing in round two with more than 500 other applicants to secure funding for the construction of the community center. The project has received two site visits but is not guaranteed a Prop 84 award. The awards will be made in the spring of 2012.
How can I become more involved with the Community Center project?
The City of San Pablo and the Architect Firm of Noll & Tam have created a Steering Committee comprised of residents of the City as well as community stakeholder groups who have a strong interest in the center. To become part of the Steering Committee, please contact Mike Heller, the community center project manager, at 510-215-3204 or at .
Will programming in the new center change? Will there be fees for programs?
Programming will change. The City of San Pablo will work with the Steering Committee and City residents to develop programs that meet the wants and needs of our community.

While there will be no cost to enter the community center, some programs will have a cost associated with them so that costs can be recovered. As well, rooms in the community center will be available for rental purposes for private engagements.
How is the School District involved with the Community Center Project?
The District has partnered with the City and has leased a 20,000 square foot plot of land adjacent to the Helms Middle School. In addition to this ground lease, the District and City are also working on a joint use agreement for the exterior fields and the gymnasium when school is not in session. The Community Center will be entirely a City operated facility.
Is the Center going to meet any LEED/Green requirements. Will it be environmentally sustainable?
The City of San Pablo and Noll & Tam Architects are working together to build an environmentally sustainable center for the residents of the City to enjoy. Currently the City is working towards a LEED Silver certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. More information about the LEED requirements can be found at the following link.
Will there be a kitchen in the Center?
The Center will have a commercial style kitchen adjacent to the large multi-purpose room. The kitchen will be available for catering, healthy cooking classes, learning to cook opportunities as well as for cooking for large scale events. As the City pursues a healthy eating/active living attitude, a space to teach healthy cooking will become vital in our community.

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