Post Date: 03/02/2020 3:58 PM

OCALA, Fla. (March 2, 2020) – The City of Ocala has awarded Ohlson Lavoie Corporation (OLC), an Orlando design firm, to create and design the Mary Sue Rich Community Center for Ocala. The project is part of the revitalization efforts in West Ocala and will carry the namesake of longtime City Councilwoman, Mary Sue Rich for her 24 years of dedicated service to the City of Ocala.

The new 41,750 square foot, two-story center will serve as the hub of the community. The facility will include designated indoor spaces for senior, youth and family programs; a 400-seat banquet/event space that can be dividable into three rooms; and a kitchen to serve seniors and children after school, in addition to catering and public cooking options.

Health and wellness facilities include an open fitness area; indoor walking track; two multi-purpose studios with an operable partition for larger groups; a mind, body and dance studio; two full basketball courts; a gymnasium with 120-person bleachers for each court; indoor playground with connection to one of the courts which will be used for camps; senior studio and multipurpose room; and library and media center. There are also huddle rooms for tutoring and health advice.

Future plans include adding outdoor spaces, an outdoor playground, event lawn and community garden. The expected completion date is fall 2021.

About OLC

OLC (Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative) is an international architectural firm, founded in 1961 with offices in Orlando, Denver, Columbus, Tokyo and Cairo. Architects, interiors and aquatics designers that dedicated to all things WELL. For more information visit or call 407-992-0470.


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