Oshkosh Community YMCA

Oshkosh, WI
Construction Cost: $15,800,000
Area / Square Feet: 79,600 (24,900 renovation, 54,700 new construction)
Occupancy Date: January 2018

A major renovation and addition project was identified as a key strategy to help transform the Oshkosh YMCA’s existing downtown branch from an outdated facility into an exciting, vibrant community center in the heart of the city.

Resulting from a combination of market research, community needs assessment, industry trends and the YMCA’s strategic planning process, the project sought to update the 50-year-old facility as a strategy to increase usage and memberships while enhancing the guest experience, all on a modest budget.

The phased expansion and renovation included administration areas; a lobby and member service center; adult, youth and family locker rooms; a child watch and kids center; licensed childcare classrooms; a teen/inter-gen center; a community/multipurpose room; group exercise studios; a wellness center; and an indoor family pool. Additional renovation areas included administrative offices, an updated basketball gym, an intergenerational room equipped with a teaching kitchen, a lower-level multipurpose room, and a yoga studio that accommodates hot yoga.

Oshkosh Community


Judge's Comments

“The highly efficient plan creates a visually striking form that changes as you move around the exterior.” — Andrew Kelly

“The project’s thoughtful response to phased renovation helped preserve this community asset. The exterior design solution creates a new, modern facility replacing its aged and tired predecessor.” — Jon Niemuth

“Fantastic addition and use of site constraints. Connection to the park is a great asset. Well-done transitions from old to new.” — Nathan Harris