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  Houston Texans YMCAHouston Texans YMCA


4617 Montrose Boulevard, #C230, Houston, TX 77006

General Contractor

Fretz Construction Company
6301 Long Drive, Houston, TX 77087

General Description

Location: Houston, Texas
LEED® Gold
Date Bid: Oct 2009 Construction Period: Nov 2009 to Oct 2010
Total Square Feet: 31,628 Site: 4.88 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. Building Size: First floor, 22,570; second floor, 9,058;
total, 31,628 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 18’; second floor, 19’2”; floor to floor, 16’; total, 37’2”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type IIB
Foundation: Cast-in-place, structural slab. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall, glass partitions.
Projected and/or modeled energy use:
32.448 KWH/SF-Yr Gross Area; Natural Gas: 0.935 Therm SF-Yr Gross Area.

Construction Team

Associate Architect: Smith & Company Architects - 1500 McGowen Street, #150, Houston, TX 77004
LEED Consultant: Kirksey Architecture - 6909 Portwest Drive, Houston, TX 77024
Project Manager: The Mathis Group, Inc. - 13135 Dairy Ashford, #390, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Structural Engineer: Matrix Structural Engineers, Inc. - 24 Greenway Plaza, #1508, Houston, TX 77046

Located near the intersection of the 610 Loop and I-45 south, the Houston Texans YMCA building, named after the city’s NFL team, is a 31,000-square-foot ground-up facility designed for the south central area of Houston. The building, located on 5 acres of previously undeveloped land, is an engineered steel structure clad in brick.

The organization and design of the two-story floor plan maximizes the use of outdoor space and allows for the building’s possible future growth. The floor plans are laid out around circulation that facilitates the staff’s ability to supervise traffic while also providing many opportunities for user interaction. A community room is centrally located to provide easy access and visibility when it houses a community partner function.

The project includes a child care area, administration offices, a large meeting room designed as a community partner area, basketball court, cardio and fitness areas, two aerobics/program rooms, locker rooms, a welcome center, and a teen center complete with computers. The facility also includes a display wall to honor the memory of community leader Quentin R. Mease.

Some programmatic priorities included the relationship of the building to a nearby area, the involvement of the local community, and the diversity of its users. The building's relationship with the community and the two adjacent streets was carefully considered during early design stages to allow for safety and privacy where needed while maximizing visibility of marketable indoor activities.

The new facility is the first YMCA in Texas to achieve a LEED® Gold certification, and the eleventh to achieve LEED Gold in the country. Some of the building’s environmentally friendly features are 40% reduction in potable water use, 30% more energy efficiency than code, use of 10% recycled materials, 10% regional materials, and 58% of the construction waste diverted.

Houston Texans YMCA is a neighborhood success due to Brave/Architecture, Fretz Construction Company, The Mathis Group, Smith & Company Architects, and Kirksey Architecture all working together in delivering a world class LEED Gold facility.

LEED® Points Acheived             39 Total
Sustainable Sites                        11
Water Efficiency                         2
Energy & Atmosphere                  6
Materials & Resources                  3
Indoor Environmental Quality      12
Innovation & Design                     5


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