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  YMCA Northwest Family Branch, Page 50YMCA Northwest Family Branch
Architects
Croslin and Associates, Inc. 
1114 Lost Creek Boulevard, #430, Austin, TX 78746
www.croslin.com

Location:
Austin, Texas
Total Square Feet: 45,500
Construction Period: July 2001 to June 2002

Construction Team
General Contractor: Rizzo Construction, Inc. - 1715 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., #101, Austin, TX 78746
Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers, Incorporated - 1609 Shoal Creek Blvd., #201, Austin, TX 78701
Civil Engineer: Garrett-Ihnen Civil Engineers - 7800 Shoal Creek Blvd., #200-W, Austin, TX 78757
MEP Engineer: Tom Green & Company Engineers, Inc. - 3701 Executive Center Drive, #258, Austin, TX 78731
Landscape Architect: Alexander Boedy & Associates - 3355 Bee Caves Road, #102A, Austin, TX 78746
Pool Consultant: Gary Pools, Inc. - 438 Sandau Road, #A, San Antonio, TX 78216

In a continued effort to reach out to the community, the YMCA developed plans to serve Northwest Austin and purchased a 10-acre site on McNeil Road. They challenged Croslin and Associates to develop a building that was functional and efficient, yet projected a high level of architectural design. The owner felt strongly that the building’s image was critical to its becoming a landmark in the community. He also wanted the building to project the new vision of the YMCA as a progressive organization that serves the whole family.

Croslin and Associates developed a design with strong geometric forms and massing. In reality, the building is composed of a variety of structures clustered together to project the image of a village. Each building’s function is highlighted by its own distinct shape and is clustered around a central lobby. Great care was taken in the design of the lobby to reveal the wide variety of services the YMCA provides and to present a friendly and fun environment for the whole family. While the building has to be functional and take a great deal of abuse due to its extensive use, the YMCA wanted it to be a special place reflected in its distinctive and playful architectural style.

Bright interior and exterior colors, as well as curved walls throughout the building, enhance the spaces’ dynamic purpose. The child care center, located right off of the main lobby, is glass-enclosed for full visibility for parents who are working out in the nearby exercise room. Children are delighted by their own swimming pool which is surrounded by brightly colored umbrellas and features playful mechanical buckets that randomly dump water on the young swimmers.

Manufacturers/Suppliers
DIV 05: Structural Steel: Vulcraft.
DIV 07: Metal: Berridge; Built-Up: Johns Manville.
DIV 08: Curtainwall: Vistawall; Translucent Wall Panels: Kalwall.
DIV 09: Wood Gym Floor: Rezill Flex by Connor Sports Floors; Rubber Exercise Room Floor: Everlast Surfacing by Dodge-Regupol; Carpet: Shaw; VCT: AZROCK; Paint: Sherwin Williams; Acoustical Ceiling Tile: USG Interiors. 
DIV 10: Folding Partitions: Hufcor.
 


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