Dancel Family Center Y Renovation and Addition

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Dancel Family Center Y Renovation and Addition

Ellicott City, Md. 2010

Project Description

Ellicott City’s existing YMCA facility was constructed in the 1970s and consisted of a simple rectangular box with small spaces and few windows. The goal in renovating and adding to the space was to create a new image for the YMCA, with lots of natural light and dynamic views of activities inside the building. The program was unique for the YMCA of Central Maryland since it would include two gymnasiums, two pools, a climbing wall and the largest fitness center found in any of its other facilities.

The main entrance is a rotunda that welcomes members and guests and is located to provide views into the new pool area, so that parents can watch their children’s lessons without being on the pool deck. Just beyond the control desk is the entrance to the main locker rooms, which separately serve men, women, boys, girls and families. All the locker rooms converge and have direct access onto the decks of each pool.

The main level includes the double gymnasium, a large aerobics room, the fitness space and a group cycling studio. The lower level is kid-oriented and includes a gymnasium, the climbing wall, childcare space and a multipurpose room for children’s activities.

The new design emphasizes contemporary, open architecture with exposed steel structure, energy-efficient lighting and an exciting color and materials palette that subtly encourages activity and movement between spaces. The diagonal wall planes intersect building systems and create a welcome harmony that invites members to explore the building, while also promoting easy wayfinding.

Project Details

Architect: Gaudreau Inc.; Baltimore, Md.
Construction Cost: $11 million
Square Feet: 43,700 (addition); 25,000 (renovation)
Occupancy: January 2009

Basketball: Weyers Floor Service Inc/Robbins

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Performance Sports Systems

Cardiovascular Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Chemical Control Systems: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Climbing Walls: Pyramide USA Inc.

Dehumidifiers: Pool Pak International

Divider Curtains: Performance Sports Systems

Flooring: Ace Tile Company/Dal-tile

Flooring, Aerobics: Weyers Floor Service Inc/Robbins

Free-Weight Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Gutters: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Heaters: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Ladders/Grab Bars: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Lane Markers: Neptune-Benson Inc.

Lockers: Partitions Plus - Penco

Saunas/Whirlpools: AM - Finn Sauna

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Partitions Plus/Comtec/Capitol Partition

Skylights: Naturalite

Strength Equipment: Cybex International Inc.

Swimsuit Extractors: Suitmate

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Performance Sports Systems

Wall Padding: Performance Sports Systems