Downtown Berkeley YMCA Renovation and Expansion
Year in Showcase: 2012
This seismic renovation and expansion of the Downtown Berkeley YMCA preserved the historic character of the building while updating multiple fitness spaces, rooms for aerobics and stretching, locker rooms and instructional swimming pools. An intermediate floor was added to the existing two-story gymnasium, creating program space for a new youth and family center. The 2,800-square-foot addition provided an interactive wellness center for youths 8 to 13 years old, and a family fitness classroom for circuit training and group exercise.
The renovation opened up the floor plan of all the fitness facilities, allowing tall existing windows to bring natural light into the interior of the building. Various wall and ceiling finishes, the product of various remodels over the years, were removed to reveal the building's brick and concrete, as well as wood floor joists and structural steel. The result provided additional floor space featuring a rich palette of exposed structural materials and accent colors. New finish materials, when necessary, were selected for durability, ease of maintenance and acoustic performance.
Energy-efficient lighting controlled by daylight and motion sensors, as well as efficient HVAC systems, were installed as part of the renovation.
Architect of Record: ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Construction Cost: $5.7 million
Square Feet: 34,900
Occupancy: October 2009
Acoustic Ceilings: Armstrong
Acoustic Insulation: Bonded Logic Inc.
Architectural Lighting: Se'lux, Peerless, Delray
Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness
Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring: Tandus Group
Flooring, Fitness Center:
Lane Markers: Dal-Tile Corp.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.