Sol Harris Day Architecture

When project planning started for the proposed Jackson YMCA in 2003, a building footprint of 43,000 sf was programmed to serve approximately 7,500 members. The $6M construction budget was the maximum amount that could be raised by the community at that time. However, demographics and community surveys projected that the YMCA recreational facility had the potential to grow to over 10,000 members in 10 years. With this vision, a Master Plan was developed to address both current YMCA program needs and future membership growth. The entire health and wellness center was designed with specific additions planned and located for future space needs that could be built easily and with minimal disruption to ongoing YMCA operations. The Master Plan became the vision and catalyst for aggressive membership growth and facility expansion.


  • Master Planning
  • Site Selection
  • Visualizations and Graphics
  • Branding
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Estimating/Scheduling

Building Organization

In 2012, more detailed health and wellness planning for the proposed additions in the Master Plan began to evolve. Although minor design revisions were made to accommodate changes in desired YMCA programs, the overall Master Plan remained intact. This recreational building template for growth was easily communicated to the membership, and fundraising goals were attained. Due to pre-planning, construction documents were completed quickly and very competitive construction costs were obtained in 2014. The benefits of this planning process were significant and wide-reaching.

[SHD’s] drive to explore the possible and challenge our traditional thinking has resulted in facilities that allow us to deliver outstanding member service and programs in ways that may not have been achieved without their partnership.

Craig Greenlee, COO, YMCA of Central Stark County


  • Developed a space program and design for a new community recreational facility based on National YMCA standards
  • Initial design featured 5,100 sf workout facility, two-court gym, 6-lane lap pool with diving board and whirlpool, 2,100 sf aerobics studio and multipurpose room
  • Original building was designed to expand in three directions with access points and breakout walls, anticipating that there would be future expansion
  • This pre-planning allowed the YMCA to reap the benefits by saving time, drastically reducing construction costs (tens of thousands of dollars) and creating minimal disruption to the current workout facility operations for these additions
  • Reviewed current and future membership needs in order to develop a plan to expand the health and wellness facility on both ends while allowing the current building to remain fully functional
  • Areas of expansion include a gym, aerobics studio, a larger child watch room, youth room and wellness area
  • The “old” to “new” construction was “seamless” in appearance and function

The project was a complete success. From the start of the project we had an expansion plan in place which offered us great time and cost savings for this building addition. All the planning at the start of the project really paid off. This was one of our best projects ever! The Jackson YMCA received the best building value possible for their money spent.

Craig Greenlee, COO, YMCA of Central Stark County

Meet the Team

  • Domenic Ferrante
  • Burt Marzley
  • Melinda Scalfaro

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