Northwest Branch YMCA

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Northwest Branch YMCA


Project Description

Built on a low-lying, 50-acre parcel of land on the perimeter of an urbanized area of Wichita, the city’s Northwest Branch YMCA boasts a bilinear organization of indoor activities, as well as a playground and other outdoor spaces. The building’s architecture responds to the southern exposure with intricately detailed shading louvers.

A panoptic transparency is obtained within the facility, revealing the diversity of available spaces for social and physical activities. Lofty volumes enclosing the gymnasium, gymnastics area and aquatics space are arrayed along the north edge of a linear promenade that extends the length of the facility. Meanwhile, two levels of activities — including cardiovascular fitness, strength training, aerobics, yoga, and Pilates — stretch the length of the Y’s south side.

Project Details

Architect: Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture; Wichita, Kan.
Construction Cost: $16 million
Square Feet: 102,000
Occupancy: May 2007

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Inc.

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

Cleaners/Vacuums: Maxi-Sweep Inc.

Climbing Walls: Entre Prises Climbing Walls

Court Panels/Glass: A Best Enterprises Inc.

Court Panels/Glass: Fiberesin Industries Inc.

Dehumidifiers: PoolPak International

Divider Curtains: Porter Athletic Inc.

Dryers: Speed Queen

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Filters: United Industries Inc. - SwimTime

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Aacer Flooring LLC

Flooring, Fitness Center: Surface America Inc.

Free Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Gutters: Grate Ideas Inc.

Handicapped Equipment: Aquatic Access Inc.

Ladders/Grab Bars: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Lane Markers: Antiwave Pool Products

Lockers: Scranton Products

Lockers: Hollman Inc.

Rowers: Concept2 CTS Inc.

Scoreboard/Timing Systems: Daktronics Inc.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Scranton Products

Stair Climbers: Cybex International Inc.

Starting Blocks: Paragon Aquatics, Div. of Pentair

Stationary Bikes: Cybex International Inc.

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Surface: Aacer Flooring LLC

Surface: Dal-Tile Corp.

Surfaces, Basketball: Aacer Flooring LLC

Surfaces, Track: Mondo

Treadmills: Cybex International Inc.

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Inc.

Washers: Speed Queen

Water Play Features: USA Slide Inc.