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  Floyd County YMCA and Aquatic Center

Floyd County YMCA and Aquatic CenterArchitect

The Estopinal Group
903 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130

General Description

Location: New Albany, Indiana
Date Bid: Apr 2006
Construction Period: Oct 2006 to Nov 2008.
Total Square Feet: 82,324 Site: 4.25 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 2,776; first floor, 44,402; second floor, 14,850; third floor, 20,296; total, 82,324 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 12’6”; first floor, 16’; second floor, 14’; third floor, 14’; total, 44’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural steel frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade, driven piles. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall, metal panel.
Membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Construction Manager: James L. Shireman, Inc. - 3081 Progress Boulevard, N.W., Corydon, IN 47112
Structural Engineer: TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc. - 217 Ward Circle, Brentwood, TN 37027
General Contractor: Stevens Contractors, Inc. - 326 East Bloom Street, Louisville, KY 40208
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: The Estopinal Group - 903 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Aquatic Consultant: L + W Consulting - 1132 South Rangeline Road, #100, Carmel, IN 46032
Cost Estimator: Robert Pass & Associates, Inc. - 309 East Market Street, #302, Louisville, KY 40202

The YMCA of Southern Indiana was established in Jeffersonville in 1969. In 2005 they looked to add an additional branch facility in neighboring Floyd County. They found a willing partner in the City of New Albany and moved to acquire land as part of an effort to revitalize their downtown.

The building’s design was to create a strong iconic image easily recognized from the Ohio River Bridge while blending in with New Albany’s historic downtown district. The building features projecting panels of brick with architectural pre-cast concrete banding and matching glass fiber reinforced concrete cornice and recessed sections of aluminum composite paneling. Large windows invite daylight into the building while putting the YMCA’s athletic programming and mission on display at night. The 82,000-square-foot facility has three floors above grade with a mechanical basement that serves the building’s three pools.

YMCA members and guests enter into a dramatic three-story lobby with a large, triangular skylight above that orients and organizes the building. From this atrium there are views into several spaces made possible by the very open design including the aquatic center, gymnasium, climbing wall, child watch, and multi-purpose meeting room all located on the first floor.

The aquatic center is a 1-˝ story space and home to three pools. A family fun pool begins with a zero depth spray pad with play features sloping gently toward 4-ft. of water and a curving slide. A 6-lane, 25-yard pool is for lap swimming and water fitness. A curtain wall separates a 22’x 60’ warm water pool where physical therapy, aerobics, and arthritis classes will occur.

The first floor also includes boys, girls, and family locker rooms as well as an XRKade, where active gaming creates a fun alternative to traditional exercise for kids. A curving monumental stair with frosted glass handrails leads guests to the second floor where the large group exercise studio and machine weight training area is located. Adult male and female locker facilities feature steam and sauna rooms. A walking and running track encircles the gymnasium while offering views onto Main Street.

The third floor features a cardiovascular area with windows looking out toward the Ohio River, free weights, and a small group exercise studio for spinning and yoga classes. Also located on the third floor are three physical therapy exam rooms, 8,000 square feet of not-for-profit lease space and the YMCA of Southern Indiana administrative offices.

The building’s natural daylight, scenic views, and open spaces have made it a hugely popular destination for families and individuals to exercise and relax. In the short time since the building’s grand opening it has brought scores of people to downtown New Albany where city officials hope to capture its momentum into a series of redevelopment projects to re-energize the area and reconnect New Albany to the Ohio River.


DIV. 4: Brick: The Belden Brick Company.
DIV. 7: Roofing: Firestone; Metal Panel: John W. McDougall Company.
DIV. 8: Windows, Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall: Kawneer.
DIV. 9: Flooring: Mondo, Armstrong, J & J Vision, Interface Carpet.


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