Alexander Family YMCA Renovation and Expansion

Alexander Family YMCA Renovation and Expansion


Project Description

In the complete overhaul of an existing 1960s-era YMCA building — the city’s flagship YMCA — the design team responded to city planning requests for both a second street entrance and for positioning the new building at the sidewalk’s edge on one of central Raleigh’s main arteries that is being reconceived as a new-urbanist, pedestrian-oriented streetscape.

By incorporating windows and glass into the design, the facility is not only bright and cheerful on the inside, but it is also welcoming from the outside. Pedestrians walking by can see exercise studios, the track and basketball courts, and the light and activity now add to the vibrancy of Raleigh’s downtown.

Though the interior design is modern — it employs significant use of glass, vibrant colors and clean lines — it doesn’t ignore the building’s past, which is woven throughout the facility in finishes and graphics. Examples include the reuse of the YMCA’s old gymnasium floor as artwork in the new lobby, as well as the reintroduction of materials and textures such as wood paneling, slate-like flooring and glazed ceramic subway tile found in the original facility. The building’s existing exterior raised-aluminum YMCA signage was also reused, and this time backlit. 

Project Details

Architect: Quick Associates; Raleigh, N.C.
Architect: Triangle2 Partners; Marblehead, Mass.
Construction Cost: $16 million
Square Feet: 94,000
Occupancy: November 2008

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.

Chemical Control Systems: Chemtrol, Div. of Santa Barbara Control Systems

Dryers: UniMac

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Entertainment Systems: Cardio Theater

Floor Finishes: Action Floor Systems LLC

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Action Floor Systems LLC

Flooring, Fitness Center: Mondo

Free Weight Equipment: Troy Barbell & Fitness

Free Weight Equipment: Ivanko Barbell Co. Inc.

Handicapped Equipment: Spectrum Aquatics

Lockers: Lyon Workspace Products

Rowers: Concept2 CTS Inc.

Scoreboards/Timing Systems: Nevco Scoreboard Company

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Stair Climbers: Precor Incorporated

Stair Climbers: Life Fitness

Stationary Bikes: Life Fitness

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Surface: Action Floor Systems LLC

Surfaces, Basketball: Action Floor Systems LLC

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Treadmills: Precor Incorporated

Treadmills: Life Fitness

Wall Padding: Aalco Manufacturing Co.

Washers: UniMac