Creek YMCA Addition & Renovation|
BRAVE / ARCHITECTURE
4617 Montrose Boulevard, #C230, Houston, TX 77006
Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: June 2009 Construction Period: June 2009 to Feb
Total Square Feet: 25,699 Site: — Number of Buildings:
Building Size: Addition, first floor, 5,848; second floor, 6,062;
Renovation, 13,789; total, 25,699 square feet.
Building Height: Addition, first floor, 14’; second floor, 19’;
Renovation, varies, total, 33'.
Basic Construction Type: IIB/Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Corrugated
metal panel, CMU. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU.
General Contractor: Fretz Construction Company - 6301 Long Drive,
Houston, TX 77087
Structural Engineer: CSF Consulting LP - 11210 Steeple Crest
Drive, #202, Houston, TX 77065
Mechanical Engineer: Graves Mechanical - 5910 Schumacher Lane,
Houston, TX 77057
Electrical Engineer: Lakey Electric Company - P.O. Box 40279,
Houston, TX 77240
The Cypress Creek YMCA Addition & Renovation is the culmination of a
comprehensive master plan done to provide the community of Greater
Houston with one of the largest and most complete YMCA facilities in the
nation. Located on a lushly wooded area with a lake, athletic fields, a
running trail and other campus-style buildings spread out over a 50-acre
site, the project is comprised of a 12,200 square foot ground-up support
facility as well as 13,800 square feet of renovated space inside the
main existing building.
At its core, the new design for the existing facility turned a former
inefficient and often crowded reception room into an open plan that
serves the YMCA members with a spacious lobby, coffee shop and waiting
area. Directly accessed from the lobby, the former Cardio and Childcare
rooms were transformed into a state-of-the-art Health & Wellness Center
with a 22-foot high open-to-structure ceiling. Along with its support
offices, including a private First Step Room, this new area serves
approximately 480 members at a time.
The Addition, visible from State Highway 249 and clad in CMU block and
Berridge Corrugated Metal panels, offers not only a multitude of new
services, but a sophisticated new look to the campus. Connected at the
existing building’s southeast facade and separated by a three-hour fire
wall, families can take advantage of the new Child watch facility
located on the first floor. Designed around the privacy, security and
comfort of the children, the Infant Care, Childcare and Outdoor
playground can serve more than 100 children. On the second floor, a
Group Exercise Room, Pilates Studio, large conference room and
additional offices provide the necessary support to the rest of the
The successful completion of this project demonstrates the excellent
relationship that exists between the YMCA of Greater Houston, BRAVE
/ARCHITECTURE, the project management group, The Mathis Group and Fretz
Construction. With years of experience working together, the team’s
framework makes the communication and coordination during the
programming, design and construction an exceptionally effective process.
Another successfully completed project by this design team on the
Cypress Creek Campus is the YMCA Programs Building. The team is also
working on the Houston Texans YMCA; currently under construction.
With years of practice working with the YMCA family, BRAVE /
ARCHITECTURE continues to look forward to designing facilities that
enrich the lives of the Greater Houston YMCA community.
Metal Panels: Berridge Manufacturing Company
Membrane Roof: Johns Manville
Flooring: Dal Tile, Roppe, Interface Flooring Systems, Eco
Entrances & Storefronts & Windows: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™