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  Eastside YMCA, Page 36Eastside YMCA
623 Lindsay Place, Knoxville, TN 37919

1635 Western Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921

Knoxville, Tennessee
Total Square Feet: 39,984
Construction Period: Oct 2002 to Dec 2003

CIVIL ENGINEER: Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon - Plaza Tower, #2400, Knoxville, TN 37929
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Bender & Associates - 5 Forest Court, Knoxville, TN 37919
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Vreeland Engineers, Inc. - 3107 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Kelso-Regen Associates, Inc. - 6709 Kingston Pike, #B, Knoxville, TN 37919

The new YMCA branch in East Knoxville, which opened in January 2004, is a two-story, multi-use facility. The branch is designed to include a meeting space, pool, gym, aerobics/martial arts studios, fitness facilities, a day care component, and support functions in an inviting envelop.

The Cansler Family YMCA is located along a major East/West corridor at the eastern edge of downtown Knoxville. The building layout also takes full advantage of the location of a major intersection which leads to a large community park. This was accomplished by orienting the entry and lobby directly toward this intersection and enclosing it with large amounts of glass to make it as inviting as possible. The lobby is the location of the control station that is the central hub of the facility. Here, visits to the 160 child day care facility are monitored and secured; exercise, pool and gym facilities are accessed; and equipment is loaned and checked. The waiting space in the lobby is also oversized to accommodate community meetings and small receptions.

For the day care facilities, parents and children access their individual rooms from the rear drop off and entry in full view of the control desk for security. The rooms are divided by age in a typical classroom arrangement with support and multi-purpose spaces provided for accreditation.

The Natatorium includes four, 25- yard lap lanes for youth swim competition, a ramped entrance for handicap accessibility, and a dual flume slide for recreation. Support for both the pool and gymnasium space is located directly between the two and includes toilet, shower and dressing facilities for 200 patrons. A small, half size gym supports recreational basketball for older ages and competitive use for juniors programs.

A full Cardio circuit/fitness area, free weight areas, and free use studio spaces are located on the upper floor above these support spaces. They overlook the natatorium and gymnasium. Administrative offices for the facility are also located on the upper floor directly adjacent to the elevator access.

Expansion for the YMCA is master planned to occur in two phases. The first phase will accommodate 8,000 square feet on the second level above the day care facilities. The second will be a 4,000 square foot addition to allow the gymnasium space to support a full size collegiate basketball court. These two additions would bring the facility up to approximately 47,000 square feet.

The exterior palate of brick, impact resistant stucco system, and metal seam roof make the facility low maintenance. The layout of this palette, proper site orientation and evening lighting, along with the amount and careful placement of glass also instills community pride in this YMCA and helps to discourage vandalism.

DIV 04:
Brick: Boral.
DIV 07: Metal: Englert; Translucent System: Kalwall; EIFS: Sto Corporation.
DIV 09: Metal Framing: Dietrich.
DIV 14: Elevators: Otis.

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