Central Bucks Family YMCA Expansion
Central Bucks Family YMCA ExpansionDoylestown, Pa.
Amid a pastoral countryside comprised of rolling hills, old farmhouses and aged stone walls sat the original Central Bucks Family YMCA, nestled into the landscape with its stone and plaster influences reflecting a historic, barn-like image. Built in the 1970s and recognized with many awards for design excellence during that period, the facility eventually needed more space to accommodate a steadily growing membership and Bucks County population.
The decision to expand the facility by approximately 30,000 square feet also included the goal of complementing the handsome original structure. A subdued and blended addition was achieved by incorporating angled roofs and exposed wood both inside and out, reminiscent of the site’s context and the original '70s design. The expansion was built into the hillside, employing the natural slope of the site and resulting in an understated and low-profile addition to the existing building.
A new family aquatic center features a shallow area with playful elements for children, as well as zones that accommodate swim instruction and water-based exercise for special populations and older adults. The aquatic center also showcases glue-laminated wood beams, continuing the original expression of wood.
Additional features of the expansion include two new multipurpose aerobics/dance studios, an expanded wellness center, new locker rooms and family changing areas, and new administrative spaces.
Project DetailsArchitect: KCBA Architects; Hatfield, Pa.
Architect: Daxko T2 Consulting; Birmingham, Ala.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER: Atlantic Aquatic Engineering Inc.; Pipersville, Pa.
Construction Cost: $7.6 million
Square Feet: 30,000
Occupancy: June 2010
Cardiovascular Equipment: Star Trac
Flooring, Aerobics: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Flooring, Fitness Center: Robbins Sports Surfaces
Free-Weight Equipment: Star Trac
Strength Equipment: Star Trac