CLIENT Edmonton YMCA
LOCATION Edmonton, AB
The Don Wheaton YMCA responds to the growing needs of an ethnically and demographically diverse downtown Edmonton community. The project included the construction of a new YMCA community centre as well as a renovation of the existing Downtown YMCA, creating a unique two-campus model. The building design creates an open, publicly accessible zone along the street, providing access to the meeting and community spaces outside of the members-only controlled zones. The tight inner site required a careful stacking plan that minimizes the building footprint while allowing for the long span spaces of the pool and gyms to sit over the parkade below.
The YMCA provides a multitude of uses for the community including a 25 meter pool, hot tub, a full size gymnasium, 2 lane 100-m running track, climbing wall, public and individual work-out centers, and a multi-purpose space. A movable bottom in the pool allows for a variety of programs from seniors aquacise to tots swim lessons.