Natelli Family YMCA

Ijamsville, Maryland
Construction Cost: $25 million
Area / Square Feet: 62,000
Occupancy Date: April 2021

The YMCA of Frederick County approached the design team to develop a 62,000-square-foot recreation center for the south end of the county. The facility sits between Urbana’s middle and high schools on 22 acres donated by Natelli Communities and immediately became a destination for the surrounding community, not only for the activities provided within but also for the building’s contemporary and impactful design. 

Exterior design elements include stacked stone, vertical panels, three-tone Nichiha paneling and planks. Upon entering the facility, one is welcomed with a double-height grand lobby that leads into a wellness center that features a large gymnasium, an indoor walking/running track, an intergenerational space for active older adults, a family adventure center for kids, group exercise studios, locker rooms and multipurpose athletic fields. A skylit, communicating open stair with lounge space benches is provided at the heart of the building to facilitate socialization. The indoor natatorium features eight wide lanes and a warm-water family/class pool with fun activities for children, as well as a slide that emanates from a frog’s mouth, spray jets, tumbling buckets and an area for water aerobics and other low-water sports. 

Wherever possible throughout the building, the design provides reduced need for artificial light. The window-lined secondfloor fitness area features abundant natural light and provides an expansive view of the outside. An outdoor rooftop terrace allows for open-air workouts. The orientation of the curtain wall at the front of the building allows exercising members to have a view of the distant mountains.

Architect of Record

Zavos Architecture+Design

Federick, Va.


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Pools - HeatersBECS Technology
Pools - Scoreboard/Timing SystemsColorado Time Systems
Locker/Shower - LockersColumbia Lockers
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet PartitionsColumbia Phenolic
Indoor Sports Surfaces - BasketballConnor Sports
Locker/Shower - FlooringDal-Tile
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Locker/Shower - Saunas/WhirlpoolsFinnleo Pure Sauna
Pools - Diving BoardsFluidra/S.R. Smith
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Pools - Access Ramps/StairsFluidra/S.R. Smith
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