Bloomington-Normal YMCA Easterseals of Central Illinois

Bloomington, Illinois
Construction Cost: $21.2 million
Area / Square Feet: 75,000
Occupancy Date: August 2022

After nearly a decade of planning and fundraising, the Bloomington- Normal YMCA’s new 75,000-square-foot facility opened in August of 2022. The community-based facility provides a new home for the YMCA, as well as Easterseals of Central Illinois, which occupies 9,500-square-feet of the building. The new facility was imagined as a radically inclusive space and was built with the commitment to never turn away anyone on the grounds of their background or financial situation. 

In designing the facility, planners sought to offer programming and amenities that the city’s downtown location couldn’t. The new Y is able to host swim meets and may even start a water polo league. The facility’s second pool is for recreation and physical therapy. It features a zero-depth entry with submersible wheelchairs, a river current to rehab knees and hips, and is always kept at a warm 88 degrees. 

In all, the new state-of-the-art facility includes four youth basketball courts, two full-sized basketball courts, six pickleball courts, two volleyball courts, a walking track, a 6,000-square-foot wellness center, three group exercise studios, two community rooms, a teen/intergenerational space, a recreation/therapy pool, an eight-lane, 25-yard competition pool, a universal locker space, a roof top terrace, child watch and playground space, a chapel, a steam room, and a sauna.

Architect of Record

Farnsworth Group

Bloomington, Ill.

Design Architect

GRO Development LLC

New York, N.Y.

Aquatic Consultant/Engineer


St. Louis, Mo. 


Fitness Center - Entertainment SystemsAV Now
Locker/Shower - LockersGrid
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet PartitionsGrid
Pools - Access Ramps/StairsMaverick Pools
Pools - Chemical Control SystemsMaverick Pools
Pools - Cleaners/VacuumsMaverick Pools
Pools - Deck/Basin SurfaceMaverick Pools
Pools - Filtration SystemsMaverick Pools
Pools - GuttersMaverick Pools
Pools - HeatersMaverick Pools
Pools - Ladders/Grab BarsMaverick Pools
Pools - Lane MarkersMaverick Pools
Pools - Sanitization SystemsMaverick Pools
Pools - Scoreboard/Timing SystemsMaverick Pools
Pools - Starting BlocksMaverick Pools
Pools - Water Play FeaturesMaverick Pools
Building Systems - Pre-Engineered StructuresPJ Hoerr
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/SupportsRavensberg Inc
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider CurtainsRavensberg Inc
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing SystemsRavensberg Inc
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall PaddingRavensberg Inc
Outdoor Facilities/Stadiums - Basketball Backboards/SupportsRavensberg Inc
Locker/Shower - FlooringRichardet Flooring
Pools - DehumidifiersSeresco
Locker/Shower - Swimsuit ExtractorsSuitmate by Extractor Corp. 
Fitness Center - Assessment & Monitoring EquipmentTech Electronics
Fitness Center - Cardiovascular EquipmentTechnogym
Fitness Center - Free-Weight EquipmentTechnogym
Fitness Center - Strength EquipmentTechnogym
Fitness Center - Flooring, AerobicsThor Flooring
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness CenterThor Flooring
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - LightingWeber Electric
Pools - LightingWeber Electric
Laundry - DryersYamamoto North America
Laundry - WashersYamamoto North America
Pools - Chemical Control SystemsBECS Technology
Pools - Scoreboard/Timing SystemsColorado Time Systems
Pools - Lane MarkersCompetitor Swim
Pools - Cleaners/VacuumsDuramax RC
Pools - Sanitization SystemsEnvironmental Test Systems
Pools - Filtration SystemsNeptune-Benson
Pools - Circulation PumpsPaco
Pools - ADA LiftsSpectrum Aquatics
Pools - Ladders/Grab BarsSpectrum Aquatics
Pools - Starting BlocksSpectrum Aquatics
Pools - Water Play FeaturesWater Play