Work on the site of the future Center for Active Living is moving ahead on budget and on time, town officials said.

The steel frame of the building is visible from Quaker Meetinghouse Road on the grounds of the public safety complex. With the bones of the building taking shape, the vision for what the building will be is becoming clearer.

Michael Miller, the chairman of the Sandwich Board of Selectmen, noted that construction appears to be moving right along and that the gymnasium looks like it will be quite big.

Once finished, the building will be 49 feet tall and will encompass about 7,000 square feet. The second floor will feature a walking track that will encircle the first floor gymnasium.

The $16 million center is expected to serve as both a senior center as well as a recreational building. Architect Joel Bargmann, of architectural firm Bargmann Hendrie+Archetype, said that the firm spent a lot of time designing the space with those functions in mind.

The 2,000-square-foot multipurpose room, for example, can easily be reconfigured into a lecture area, a dining space for 140 people or a movie theater, he said.

Besides the gym, first-floor plans include an outdoor café and a medical wing.

The second-floor plans depict activity rooms, fitness areas, a conference room, a game room and the top floor of the gymnasium.

Even with winter weather on the horizon, work is not expected to slow down. Assistant Town Manager Heather Harper said that the building should be weathertight before the snow flies, so work will continue to progress.

Once complete, the town will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its opening.

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