In November 2014, RS&H, serving as Designer of Record, completed the architectural and interior design of a new 52,000-square-foot YMCA facility in downtown Pensacola, Florida. The new facility will serve 8,000 members and sits in a historic district. The building, which incorporates the latest technology and amenities, will showcase the YMCA’s major state-of-the-art venues comprised of the aquatics center, gymnasium, and wellness center.

“This project will be a catalyst for future community redevelopment,” said design architect on the project Sunil Dubey.

The team’s main goal was to promote the YMCA’s three core areas of focus: healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. The new facility will be partnering with a local health care provider to facilitate community access to health services, such as physical therapy and nutrition education. In addition, there is enough flexibility within the multi-use areas for after-school tutoring, healthy cooking demonstrations, training, and specialty classes.

“By providing easy access to all of these resources and fitness activities, this project will generate enormous interest within the local community and have a positive impact in people’s lifestyles,” Sunil said.

Other features include a kid’s zone, lap and therapy pools, accessible water slide, spin room, group exercise rooms, demonstration kitchen, and multipurpose room.

The building is a contemporary reflection of the latest trends in athletic facility design, combined with traditional materials, such as brick and stucco. The prominent use of glass promotes healthy living, allows for visual connections between programs, and brings in natural light throughout the open spaces in the building. This project will be a centerpiece within the future surrounding neighborhood redevelopment.

The project is currently in the construction documentation phase, which should be wrapping up by June 2015. The YMCA is currently projected to be completed in May 2016.

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