Facilities of Merit 2015: Danville Family YMCA

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Danville Family YMCA

Danville, VA 2015
Year in Showcase: 2015

Project Description

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.


Judge's Comments

"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 Details

Architect: 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

Architect Of Record

Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

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