Lancaster YMCA Harrisburg Avenue
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603
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.
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
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.