Northwest Branch YMCA
Northwest Branch YMCA2009
Built on a low-lying, 50-acre parcel of land on the perimeter of an urbanized area of Wichita, the city’s Northwest Branch YMCA boasts a bilinear organization of indoor activities, as well as a playground and other outdoor spaces. The building’s architecture responds to the southern exposure with intricately detailed shading louvers.
A panoptic transparency is obtained within the facility, revealing the diversity of available spaces for social and physical activities. Lofty volumes enclosing the gymnasium, gymnastics area and aquatics space are arrayed along the north edge of a linear promenade that extends the length of the facility. Meanwhile, two levels of activities — including cardiovascular fitness, strength training, aerobics, yoga, and Pilates — stretch the length of the Y’s south side.
Project DetailsArchitect: Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture; Wichita, Kan.
Construction Cost: $16 million
Square Feet: 102,000
Occupancy: May 2007
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.
Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems
Cleaners/Vacuums: Maxi-Sweep Inc.
Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls
Court Panels/Glass: A Best Enterprises Inc.
Court Panels/Glass: Fiberesin Industries Inc.
Dehumidifiers: PoolPak International
Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Inc.
Dryers: Speed Queen
Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated
Filters: United Industries Inc. - SwimTime
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring, Aerobics: Aacer Flooring LLC
Flooring, Fitness Center: Surface America Inc.
Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Gutters: Grate Ideas Inc.
Handicapped Equipment: Aquatic Access Inc.
Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Lane Markers: Antiwave Pool Products
Lockers: Hollman Inc.
Lockers: Scranton Products
Rowers: Concept2 CTS Inc.
Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products
Stair Climbers: Cybex International Inc.
Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair
Stationary Bikes: Cybex International Inc.
Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Surface: Aacer Flooring LLC
Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.
Surfaces, Basketball: Aacer Flooring LLC
Surfaces, Track: Mondo
Treadmills: Cybex International Inc.
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Inc.
Washers: Speed Queen
Water Play Features: USA Slide Inc.