Facilities of Merit 2015: Danville Family YMCA
Danville Family YMCADanville, VA 2015
Year in Showcase: 2015
The new Danville Family YMCA is the first construction on the Dan River in more than a century, and will act as an anchor and catalyst for future development. The newly improved and expanded facility includes a gymnasium, exercise rooms, a walking track, a six-lane pool and a physical therapy center. It offers senior-friendly features, a teen center and a childcare facility.
The building also affords breathtaking views of the water and city beyond, and physically connects users to the river via a public walking trail. The lobby, which serves as a special event space and boasts remarkable views of downtown, becomes the heart of the YMCA with visual connections to the natatorium, wellness center, teen loft, café and rehabilitation center. From there, an easily navigated, light-filled circulation spine links the remainder of program spaces on both levels.
The aesthetic is modern and contemporary, but evocative of Danville’s historic character. Using a simple palette of rich materials such as warm wood contrasting against industrial steel, the structure is reminiscent of the textile mills that once stood on the river, and even incorporates salvaged timbers that had been left behind. The design team also found an opportunity to reuse extracted rock, crushing it into gravel for backfilling. The design is a literal and figurative reworking of the site’s past, but also a symbol of the city’s future.
"The building's presence on the river is majestic and impressive — especially in the evening." — Chris Sgarzi
"This project maximizes its interaction with the site by pushing the entry and activity spaces toward the river." — Anita Moran
"This structure harmonizes with its natural surroundings, utilizing timeless materials and simple building form." — Tom Poulos
Project DetailsArchitect: Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
Aquatic Design Consultant: Water Technology Inc.
Construction Cost: $11.8 million
Square Feet: 50,800
Occupancy: September 2014
Fitness Center - Assessment & Monitoring Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Matrix Fitness
Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Horner Flooring Company
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center: Mats Inc.
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment: Matrix Fitness
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Floor Covers: Porter Athletic
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting: Day-Bright Lighting
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems: Davenport Communications
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding: Porter Athletic
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Horner Flooring Company
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Mats Inc.
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track: Mats Inc.
Locker/Shower - Flooring: Mats Inc.
Locker/Shower - Flooring: Bradley Corp.
Locker/Shower - Lockers: ASI Group
Locker/Shower - Lockers: Bradley Corp.
Locker/Shower - Saunas/Whirlpools: McCoy Sauna & Steam
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Ampco
Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp.
Pools - Chemical Control Systems: BECS Technology Inc.
Pools - Cleaners/Vacuums: Southern Pools
Pools - Deck/Basin Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.
Pools - Dehumidifiers: Dectron Inc.
Pools - Filtration Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.
Pools - Gutters: Lawson Aquatics Inc.
Pools - Heaters: Lochinvar Corp.
Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: Lincoln Aquatics
Pools - Ladders/Grab Bars: S.R. Smith
Pools - Lane Markers: Spectrum Aquatics
Pools - Lighting: Insight Lighting
Pools - Sanitization Systems: Engineered Treatment Systems LLC
Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems
Pools - Starting Blocks: Pentair Commercial Aquatics