Sol Harris Day Architecture

The existing facility was tired, dated, and in an urban setting with a growing membership. It was time for a change in order to continue to fill their members’ needs and maintain their status as a prominent fixture in the community. An initial study was conducted that considered repurposing the existing spaces and how best to accommodate programs for a growing younger population. From this, goals and priorities were established, building from existing strengths of the organization while working to improve upon highlighted weaknesses.

We have worked arm and arm with SōL Harris/Day in the planning and execution of our project. We find their quality of work and staff to be exceptional.

Nick Clark, Executive Director, YMCA of Mount Vernon

Services

  • Master Planning
  • Facility Assessments
  • Space Utilization
  • Visioning
  • Estimating/Scheduling
  • Sustainable Design
  • Visualizations and Graphics
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • FF&E

Street Presence

With a goal to improve their appearance within the community, a new entrance was designed that worked with the existing character of the building and established YMCA branding. To highlight the entrance and welcome guests, a larger canopy was developed with a long expanse of glass windows and doors. Tall windows were added to the side of the building nearest the entrance as well, allowing the flow of natural light and views into the interior.

Building Organization

Results of the initial study led to a new workplace strategy being developed that focused the designs on membership retention and attraction, providing updated branding and wayfinding. These renovations included utility and equipment upgrades along with a new entrance and improved interior spaces, all within the existing footprint. Current spaces were repurposed to accommodate programs to suit their growing younger population.

The improved safety and security of guests and staff was another goal. These concerns were addressed by reworking the building access, updating technology with new swipe cards, and installing front door lockdown access from the reception desk.

Highlights

  • Current facility located in an urban setting with a changing demographic and growing membership
  • Study results and graphic models were used as a basis for a capital campaign
  • Renovations included utility and equipment upgrades
  • New energy efficient building systems include a new VRF, LED light fixtures and upgraded windows
  • A phased construction plan was implemented to minimize the impact on day-to-day operations, allowing them to continue operations while the work was being completed

Meet the Team

  • Matt Sutter
  • Yvette Zingery
  • Abigail Maurer
  • Justin Gantz

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