Cleaver Family YMCA
Cleaver Family YMCAKansas City, MO 2007
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 DetailsArchitect: Warner Nease Bost Architects Inc.; Kansas City, Mo.
AQUATIC DESIGN ENGINEER : Bohl & Associates Inc. - Olathe, Kan.
PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONAL CONSULTANT : YMCA of Greater Kansas City - Kansas City, Mo.
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.
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.