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  David D. Hunting YMCA, Page 32David D. Hunting YMCA


Integrated Architecture
4090 Lake Drive, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49543

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Total Square Feet: 162,966
Construction Period: Nov 2003 to June 2005

Structural Engineer: JDH Engineering, Inc. - 3000 Ivanrest Avenue S.W., #B, Grandville, MI 49418 
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Integrated Architecture - 4090 Lake Drive, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49543
General Contractor: Visser Brothers, Inc. - 1946 Turner Avenue, N.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Pool Design: Bill Robertson Pool Design - 913 Whitegate Drive, Northville, MI 48167

The David D. Hunting YMCA emerges from the landscape along US 131 to offer a tangible manifestation of the Y’s emphasis on community. Designed to be a ‘destination’ Y, this structure radiates energy and excitement by physically and visually connecting people and spaces both within the facility and to passersby.

This building’s simple, uncomplicated form responds to both function and setting, filling its location on a fringe urban site with its east, west, and south edges abutting adjacent streets. The footprint, with its arched north and south facades, is derived from the third floor indoor running circuit. 

Glass curtainwalls support passive solar strategies and combine with zinc panels and renaissance stone to express an image of a solid, long-term community resident. The contrast created by mixing solidity and transparency establishes a kinetic and highly animated experience, while respecting the YMCA’s traditional urban construction. 

The lobby entrance immerses visitors in activity, offering views through the first floor aquatic center to the Grand Valley State University Campus and beyond. The nondenominational chapel, central to the YMCA mission, floats above the circulation desk, offering an inward focus and oasis of quiet in the midst of activity. While the pools anchor the main floor, an open staircase urges members and visitors upward to second and third floor fitness areas. 

As one of the largest urban Y’s in the nation, the David D. Hunting YMCA serves a diverse population, from downtown business people to inner city families. Challenged to create a building that would be a realization of the YMCA mission to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities, the building’s open, interconnected spaces work together to create a sense of community, as well as opportunities for interaction, as members naturally flow from one activity to another. The two full-court basketball floors can be sectioned off for other activities, while the 1/7th mile running track, around the perimeter of the building, offers unobstructed views of the city as well as activities taking place within the building. Numerous conversation areas present opportunities to catch your breath or catch up with a friend. 

The decision to seek LEED® certification, the first Y in the nation to do so, came at the urging of the Hunting family, whose $5,000,000 gift in honor of their father, David D. Hunting, provided the foundation for the fund-raising effort. Sustainable components range from low or no VOC off-gassing finishes to photovoltaic solar roof panels. The result is an elegant facility that reflects the vision and passion of David D. Hunting, a Steelcase founder, to unite the community of Grand Rapids. The building of community is evident as everyone, regardless of income, age, ability, race or religion, is welcome. Since it’s opening in July of 2005 membership has grown from 8,945 to 18,008 an increase of over 200%. 

The David D. Hunting YMCA has been awarded the Athletic Business 2006 Facility of Merit and the 2006 Honor Award from the Masonry Institute of Michigan.

DIV 04:
Stone: Arriscraft Stone. 
DIV 07: Membrane Roof: Firestone.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows, Curtainwall: Vistawall; 
Special Doors: Won-Door.
DIV 09: Carpet: Interface; Flooring: Mondo, Expanko Cork; Resinous: Stonhard; Wood: Connor. 
DIV 14: Elevators: ThyssenKrupp. 
DIV 16: Lighting: Cooper, Linear, Leviton.

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