Fond du Lac Family YMCA Renovation and Expansion

Fond du Lac Family YMCA Renovation and Expansion

Fond du Lac, Wis.

Project Description

Representing a collaborative effort between the YMCA and the local Boys & Girls Club, the newly renovated Fond du Lac YMCA began with the vision of serving children and families in one downtown location. Complementary iconic forms and materials that include glass and metal create a contemporary design in the small urban setting.

The design creates unique entrances and identities for each organization, while blending the two at shared areas of the facility, including the gymnasiums, multipurpose program spaces, and technology and arts studios. Adaptive reuse of existing venues include the renovation of the gym and reuse of the natatorium for the new teen center.

The primary elements of the facility, including the wellness center, gymnasiums and aquatic facilities, are organized off a new central spine that was placed parallel to the existing structure for ease in structural framing. The two-story spine draws in natural light, while also simplifying and ordering the large facility. To introduce natural lighting to all three stories of the building, including the basement, penetrations were made in the floor of the existing main level. The basement level was repurposed to accommodate a suite of group exercise studios.

Contributing to the economical construction of the facility are tilt-up concrete panels used to form larger volumes. Contrasting the neutral color of the tilt-up panels, the design team employed vibrantly colored metal panel systems, with the colors helping to establish the unique identities of each organization.


Project Details

Architect: Zimmerman Architectural Studios Inc.; Milwaukee, Wis.
Architect: Daxko T2 Consulting; Birmingham, Ala.
Aquatic Design Engineer: Neuman Pools; Beaver Dam, Wis.
Construction Cost: $16 million
Square Feet: 120,000
Occupancy: November 2010

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.

Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness

Cardiovascular Equipment: Life Fitness

Court Panels/Glass Walls: Court Co., The

Court Panels/Glass Walls: Court Co., The

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Inc.

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Inc.

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces

Flooring, Fitness Center: Eco Surfaces - Econights for Sports

Flooring, Fitness Center: Eco Surfaces - Econights for Sports

Pre-Engineered Structures: Spancrete (precast concrete systems)

Pre-Engineered Structures: Spancrete (precast concrete systems)

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Life Fitness

Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.

Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.

Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Inc.

Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Inc.

Water Play Features: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.

Water Play Features: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.


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