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  Greater Nashua YMCAGreater Nashua YMCA


Dennis Mires, P.A., The Architects
697 Union Street, Manchester, NH 03104

General Description
Location: Nashua, New Hampshire
LEED® Certified Pending
Date Bid: Feb 2010 Construction Period: May 2010 to May 2011 Total Square Feet: 49,980 Site: 2.774 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 37,200; second floor, 12,780; total, 49,980.
Building Height: First floor, 14’8”; floor to floor, 14’8”; total, 40’.
Basic Construction Type: IIB/New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, CMU.
Projected and/or Modeled Energy Usage KBTU/SF/YR: 104.

Construction Team

Associate Architect: Triangle2 Partners - 130 W. 30th Street, New York, NY 10001
Structural Engineer: SW&C Engineering - 857 Wellington Road, Manchester, NH 03104
Construction Manager & Cost Estimator: Harvey Construction Corp. - 10 Harvey Road, Bedford, NH 03110
Mechanical Engineer: Design Day Mechanicals - 369 Page Hill Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071
Electrical Engineer: Reno Engineering & Light Design - 1 Reno Road, Marlow, NH 03546
Geotechnical Engineer: GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. - 380 Harvey Road, Manchester, NH 03103

The site for the Greater Nashua YMCA was a City owned parcel adjacent to a community hockey rink, community football/soccer stadium and historic public park with walking trails. Part of the site was over a former landfill that had to be monitored while appropriately removed. The site was then capped and vented under the slab on grade building. The site was at the edge of an existing parking lot that is shared with the other community recreational facilities.

The site suggested a long, thin building plan organized along a double loaded spine with an aquatics facility on the south side, the gymnasium at the other end with the locker rooms and studios in between. A conference/lounge overlooks the aquatics facility. The kids spaces have direct access to the fenced playground. The fitness area is on the second level overlooking the pool with a walking track that circles the gym. The building is designed to accept a second floor addition of approximately 5,600 square feet over the Kid Stop and multi-purpose spaces that would expand the second floor fitness capacity and provide additional offices.

The open concept is an effort to maximize natural light and to encourage the users to be aware of all the activities available at the facility while still creating a sense of place for each activity. Lighting, materials, and colors are used to enhance this concept. The building provides a high performance envelope. The HVAC system includes natural gas fired high performance boilers with water source heat pumps, cooling tower and remote ERV ventilation. The aquatics center is treated with a dehumidifier and large ceiling fan.

Product Information
Building Envelope: James Hardie, ATAS, Reynobond Gypsum: Georgia Pacific Interior: Lock-Deck Laminated Decking
Roofing: Firestone Flooring: Robbins, Nora, Armstrong Window, Curtain Wall: YKK AP
Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP & Kawneer Daylighting: Kalwall Lighting: Precision, Lithonia, Lightoli

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