Brooks Family YMCA

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Brooks Family YMCA

Charlottesville, VA 2018

Project Description

The Brooks Family YMCA fosters shared experiences of play, friendship,

camaraderie and competition to enhance health and wellness for the Charlottesville community. Prioritizing the community-based principles of the YMCA, the design provides natural overlaps where members may share experiences, make new friends and develop a sense of belonging.

Located in McIntire Park, Charlottesville’s largest and most central public park, the Brooks Family YMCA consists of a variety of multigenerational spaces serving diverse ages, abilities, programming and fitness levels.

Amenities include a family aquatics center, a multipurpose double gymnasium with an elevated running track, a central fitness room, a variety of group exercise rooms — including spaces dedicated to mind/body and cycling classes — a lobby doubling as a community multipurpose room, play

areas for children, and a teen center that supports collaboration with CharlottesvillenHigh School’s AVID and youth development


Carefully sited to preserve existing park fields and recreation areas, the Brooks Family YMCA is built into a slope, lowering the perceived massing of the entry and nestling the building next to mature woods for expansive views to nature. Generous windows, ample daylighting, and transparent details contribute to a sense of openness and communion with the surrounding natural setting.

The application of a perforated screen around the building’s exterior transforms a humble material into a special design feature that optimizes daylighting and energy efficiency while facilitating a special daytime-to-nighttime transformation — where the building’s multipurpose lobby

is illuminated as a welcoming portal for a shared community experience.

Project Details

Architect: VMDO Architects
Construction Cost: $15,300,000
Square Feet: 75,000 SF
Occupancy: June 2017

Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment: Matrix Fitness

Fitness Center - Entertainment Systems: Performance Sports Systems

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics: Tarkett Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports: Gared Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains: Pickle-Ball Inc.

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Fair-Play by Translux

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball: Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Altro Aquarius

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose: Dal-Tile Corp.

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions: Partition Plus Inc.

Locker/Shower - Swimsuit Extractors: Extractor Corp./ SUITMATE

Pools - Access Ramps/Stairs: Recreonics Inc.

Pools - Bleachers: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Pools - Covers: Competitor Swim

Pools - Lighting: Paddock Pool Equipment Co.

Pools - Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Colorado Time Systems

Architect Of Record

VMDO Architects
Charlottesville, VA

Aquatic Engineer

Rockville, MD

Landscape Architect

Waterstreet Studio
Charlottesville, VA

MEP Engineer

2rw Consultants, Inc.
Charlottesville, VA

Structural Engineer

Fox & Associates
Richmond, VA