Dancel Family Center Y Renovation and Addition
Dancel Family Center Y Renovation and AdditionEllicott City, Md.
Ellicott City’s existing YMCA facility was constructed in the 1970s and consisted of a simple rectangular box with small spaces and few windows. The goal in renovating and adding to the space was to create a new image for the YMCA, with lots of natural light and dynamic views of activities inside the building. The program was unique for the YMCA of Central Maryland since it would include two gymnasiums, two pools, a climbing wall and the largest fitness center found in any of its other facilities.
The main entrance is a rotunda that welcomes members and guests and is located to provide views into the new pool area, so that parents can watch their children’s lessons without being on the pool deck. Just beyond the control desk is the entrance to the main locker rooms, which separately serve men, women, boys, girls and families. All the locker rooms converge and have direct access onto the decks of each pool.
The main level includes the double gymnasium, a large aerobics room, the fitness space and a group cycling studio. The lower level is kid-oriented and includes a gymnasium, the climbing wall, childcare space and a multipurpose room for children’s activities.
The new design emphasizes contemporary, open architecture with exposed steel structure, energy-efficient lighting and an exciting color and materials palette that subtly encourages activity and movement between spaces. The diagonal wall planes intersect building systems and create a welcome harmony that invites members to explore the building, while also promoting easy wayfinding.
Project DetailsArchitect: Gaudreau Inc.; Baltimore, Md.
Construction Cost: $11 million
Square Feet: 43,700 (addition); 25,000 (renovation)
Occupancy: January 2009
Basketball: Weyers Floor Service Inc/Robbins
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Performance Sports Systems
Cardiovascular Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Chemical Control Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Climbing Walls: Pyramide USA Inc.
Dehumidifiers: Pool Pak International
Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems
Flooring: Ace Tile Company/Dal-tile
Flooring, Aerobics: Weyers Floor Service Inc/Robbins
Free-Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Gutters: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Heaters: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Ladders/Grab Bars: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Lane Markers: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Lockers: Partitions Plus - Penco
Saunas/Whirlpools: AM - Finn Sauna
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Partitions Plus/Comtec/Capitol Partition
Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.
Swimsuit Extractors: Suitmate
Volleyball Nets and Standards: Performance Sports Systems
Wall Padding: Performance Sports Systems