Cleaver Family YMCA

Cleaver Family YMCA

Kansas City, MO 2007

Project Description

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City?s newest family recreation center serves nearly 65,000 families in the city?s south district and was named for former mayor and U.S. congressman Rev. Emanuel Cleaver, who was active in advocating for positive change on the south side?s behalf. Since opening, the Cleaver Y has helped stimulate community development and bring a diverse community closer together.

The building?s open plan and centralized front desk allow only a few employees to monitor all activity areas, most of which accommodate multiple functions and programs. For example, the teen center doubles as an active older-adults program room and, at other times, serves as a meeting room for neighborhood groups. The natatorium?s zero-depth-entry pool hosts open recreation, physical rehabilitation and aquatic fitness classes, swimming lessons and lap swimming. The natatorium and wellness center, both main attractions, are prominently located near the front of the Y.

Sited on a small 3.7-acre plat and surrounded by residential and commercial development, parks and a cemetery, the facility is buffered from those elements by ponds that also help detain stormwater runoff. Longevity and low maintenance were key goals in the selection of building materials ? from the use of epoxy paint on interior masonry walls to the choice of insulated, colored precast exterior walls.

Project Details

Architect: Warner Nease Bost Architects Inc.; Kansas City, Mo.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER : Bohl & Associates Inc. - Olathe, Kan.
Construction Cost: $5.9 million
Square Feet: 31,962
Occupancy: February 2006

Basketball Backboards/Supports: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

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

Elliptical Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Floor Finishes: Gerflor

Flooring: Dal-Tile Corp.

Flooring, Aerobics: Gerflor

Flooring, Fitness Center: Gerflor

Free Weight Equipment: Precor Incorporated

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

Lane Markers: Anti Wave V.I.P.

Lighting: SPI Lighting Inc.

Lighting: Holophane

Lockers: Bradley Corp.

Rowers: Precor Incorporated

Sanitization Systems: Arch Chemicals Inc.

Saunas/Whirlpools: Electro-Steam Generator Corp.

Shower/Toilet Partitions: Santana Products Inc.

Stair Climbers: Precor Incorporated

Strength Equipment: Precor Incorporated

Surfaces, Basketball: Gerflor

Surfaces, Multipurpose: Gerflor

Swimsuit Dryer: Extractor Corp.

Treadmills: Precor Incorporated

Volleyball Nets and Standards: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Wall Padding: Porter Athletic Equipment Co.

Water Play Features: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.

Water Play Features: Fountain People Inc., The

Water Play Features: Spectrum Aquatics

Water Play Features: NBGS International Inc.