Facilities of Merit 2013: Keene Family YMCA
Keene Family YMCAKeene, N.H.
Year in Showcase: 2013
The historic farms that populate this area of New England inspired the design of the Keene Family YMCA. The exterior consists of red siding, reminiscent of vertical wood boarding on barns, white trim that frames the windows and openings, and a gray metal roof. Three gabled-roof masses are joined by glass connections linking the different program functions within the building.
The first mass contains the child-care center on the first floor, and racquetball courts and exercise rooms on the second floor, while the center mass boasts the gymnasium and indoor running track. Connecting the pool and gym is the main lobby, which includes a two-story climbing wall, seating, a fireplace and workout equipment. The third mass contains the competition pool, therapy pool and spa pool.
Interior spaces are designed to be flexible and multifunctional. The gymnasium includes a basketball court and gymnastics area, which can be subdivided to allow four different activities to occur in one space while joggers and walkers use a suspended running track above. Each of the racquetball courts includes a moveable wall, making them easily convertible to squash courts.
This project does so much with so little. Vernacular language fits the site and purpose.
— David Bock
Simple elegance. Very nice solution and detailing, especially for the budget.
— Greg Garlock
Fits in with the New England barn vernacular. Simple and efficient planning.
— David Dymecki
ARCHITECT OF RECORD: ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge; Cambridge, Mass.
Construction Cost: $10.1 million
Square Feet: 64,500
Occupancy: September 2011
Access Ramps/Stairs: South Shore Gunite Pool
Basketball Flooring: Connor Sports
Basketball Backboards/Supports: Performance Sports Systems
Chemical Control Systems: CAT Controllers Inc.
Cleaners/Vacuums: Spectrum Aquatics
Climbing Walls: Rockwerx
Divider Curtains: Draper Inc.
Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.
Flooring: Lonseal Inc.
Flooring, Fitness Center: Dynamic Sports Construction Inc.
Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.
Ladders/Grab Bars: Spectrum Aquatics
Lane Markers: Competitor Swim Products
Lighting: Pentair Aquatic Systems
Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products
Pre-Engineered Structures: Star Building Systems
Racquetball/Squash Courts: Strongwall Sport Surfaces Inc.
Shower/Toilet Partitions: Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.
Track: Dynamic Sports Construction Inc.