New 2-story Downtown YMCA
Changing demographics and community program needs were the catalysts for a new vision for the Downtown Canton YMCA. Based on a study, the former YMCA recreational facility needed to be "re-invented" into an "urban executive" YMCA model. It was desired to be a workout facility that is not only responsive to its members, but a building that is smaller, more functional, energy efficient and inviting. To this end, the new Eric Snow YMCA aimed to focus on Downtown youth, senior citizens and the local business community.
Built on its former site, the Eric Snow YMCA gained design approval of the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District. As part of the Downtown revitalization, this health and wellness facility was sited to maintain the urban edge along Third Street while providing a public green space at the front of the building along Second Street. The arrangement offers a connection to the adjacent Timken High School green space, creating a park-like feel in this urban area.
The new Eric Snow YMCA building in Downtown Canton resulted in “a new image” and “catalyst” for youth development for urban children.
Tim Shetzer, CEO, YMCA of Central Stark County
SōL Harris/Day took the "vision" and created a contemporary health and wellness building that is open, functional and sustainable. Designed to meet LEED Silver standards, the energy efficient structure has both clear and translucent window openings to let in natural daylight yet still provide privacy and control glare. The windows also help to highlight the physical activities that occur within the YMCA and the glow of the lights through the openings acts like a beacon to the surrounding area at night. The recreational facility features a gymnasium and warm water pool (catering to youth and seniors) and a second floor wellness area and group exercise room with panoramic views to the adjacent Downtown area.
The Eric Snow YMCA is a clear demonstration of ‘form meets function’. This urban YMCA is not only attractive but utilizes materials and finishes that are durable and easily maintained. The exterior of the building projects a contemporary look and provides strong curb appeal to potential members.
Craig Greenlee, COO, YMCA of Central Stark County
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