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Teen Center Getting Finishing Touches
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Recent rains have slowed outside work but not stopped interior finishing of the Riverbank Teen Center that is now nearing completion on a site adjacent to the Community Center at Santa Fe and Sixth streets.

The date for the grand opening was originally announced as Jan. 22 but that is the same date as the Community Awards Banquet and will almost certainly be postponed, Parks and Recreation Director Sue Fitzpatrick said.

Rain has delayed landscaping, said Parks Supervisor Tim Dowdy in the absence of Fitzpatrick, but it will not affect, for instance, laying the carpet in the lounge that is due any day.

The strangely shaped metal structure at the building's Santa Fe main entrance is a bicycle rack, he said. Builders also plan to add a lighted marquee advertising civic events at the main entrance.

Bricks bearing the names of donors for the center will be installed very soon.

The $1 million building was designed by Indigo Architects of Davis and built by Menghetti Construction of Oakdale. It has some innovative features such as stucco-sheathed straw bale walls calculated to give excellent insulation, tall church-like windows over the entrance and roll-up metal doors on the south side that can open up the interior of the building in summer.