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  Lancaster YMCA Harrisburg AvenueLancaster YMCA Harrisburg Avenue


Cornerstone Design-Architects
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603

General Description

LEED® Silver Pending
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Aug 2008
Construction Period: Sep 2008 to Sep 2009
Total Square Feet: 42,502 Site: 1.79 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 21,105; second floor, 14,614; third floor, 6,783; total, 42,502 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’; second floor, 12’8”; third floor, 14’8”; total, 43’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIB.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, EIFS, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: C. S. Davidson, Inc. - 315 West James Street, #102, Lancaster, PA 17603
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Wohlsen Construction Company - 548 Steel Way, Lancaster, PA 17601
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Z & F Consulting, Inc. - 57 West Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
Interior Designer: Design for Functional Interiors - 245 East King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

Before moving into their new facility in September of 2009, the Lancaster Family YMCA had felt the need for the consolidation of spaces and a facility that would consume less energy and resources. In May of 2007, the Lancaster Family YMCA held a green design charrette with the intention of generating design concepts and ideas for the new facility in conjunction with the adoption of certain green building principles. Representatives from the YMCA, surrounding community, major stakeholders, design professionals, contractors, and YMCA members attended the charrette and had opportunity to provide input into the design of the facility. Ultimately, the Owner decided to pursue a LEED® certification level of silver.

The building is located on a 1.78 acre downtown Lancaster, brownfield site adjacent to the newly constructed Clipper Stadium. Hazardous materials remediation efforts took place on the site to ensure that all contaminated substances were removed. The building is comprised of three floor levels due to the constraints of the site and the need to locate a certain quantity of parking spaces on the site as well. Major spaces in the facility include a high-school regulation size gymnasium with an elevated running track, wellness area with weightlifting and cardio equipment, and a six-lane competition pool and spa. Other spaces include child watch, men's, women's, and special needs/family locker rooms, youth areas, aerobics, yoga/pilates, office area, and miscellaneous support areas.

During the course of the green design charrette, sustainable building principles were incorporated into the design of the project. The location of the site was selected primarily for its easy access to public transportation. Preference in parking spaces was given to fuel-efficient vehicles and the parking lot area was sized to the minimum allowable zoning standards. Light pollution was reduced so that the trespass of building and site lighting was minimal on adjoining properties. Native landscaping was selected to avoid the need for potable water irrigation and water efficient plumbing fixtures were selected for the interior of the building. The mechanical and electrical systems were designed to result in an energy savings of twenty to twenty-five percent. Materials with recycled content and available locally were used in the project and over 82% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills. Natural light was incorporated into the design of the facility to ensure that occupants had a connection with the exterior. Finally, materials with low volatile organic compounds (VOC) were specified in the project and a significant amount of occupants were given direct control over their lighting and temperature controls in the facility.

Another unique characteristic of this new facility is the incorporation of an older remnant of the original YMCA in downtown Lancaster. The original nine foot high and twelve foot wide stained glass window was restored and placed in the lobby of the new facility.

The project has been considered a success by the Owner, the YMCA members, and the surrounding community. Cornerstone Design has been proud to assist in the YMCA's mission - building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. 


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