Walker Park Family YMCA|
Richard Wittschiebe Hand Architects
15 Simpson Street, Atlanta, GA 30308
Location: Stone Mountain, Georgia
Date Bid: Jan 2011 Construction Period: Apr 2011 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 59,134 Site: 5.81 acres. Number of
Building Size: Basement, 21,461, first floor, 28,483; second
floor, 9,190; total, 59,134 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 12’8”; first floor 12’8”; second
floor, 10; total, 52’6”.
Basic Construction Type: Type IIB, Sprinklered/New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior
Walls: CMU, curtain wall, fiber cement siding. Roof:
Built-up, metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete,
composite slab. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Uzun & Case Engineers, LLC - 1230 Peachtree
St., N.E., #2500, Atlanta, GA 30309
General Contractor: Potts Construction - 981 East Freeway Drive,
Conyers, GA 30094
Cost Estimator: ADE Construction Consultants, Inc. - 1298
Rockbridge Road, #A, Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Mechanical Engineer: Kirkpatrick Engineers, LLC - 2141 Kingston
Court, #111, Marietta, GA 30067
Electrical Engineer: Womack & Associates - 4200 Perimeter Park
South, #225, Atlanta, GA 30341
Aquatics Engineer: Counsilman-Hunsaker - 10733 Sunset Office
Drive, 4th Floor, St. Louis, MO 63127
The Wade Walker Park Family YMCA is a product of a partnership between
DeKalb County and the Metro Atlanta YMCA. The facility replaces an aging
exterior community pool in an existing park with a high performance,
sustainable community building providing new recreational, educational,
and well-being activities to all ages.
Located near Stone Mountain on a sloping site with a view to a dense
tree stand to the rear of the building, the pool is located at the high
point while the gymnasium is down one level, cut into the hill. The
building design centers around a welcoming multi-story lobby serving as
the main entrance and organizing element for the aquatics, athletics,
and education programs. The lobby is intended as a beacon when
approaching the building. Large glass areas at each end of the lobby
space allow views to an interior with the warmth of an exposed wood
ceiling. Two main wings extend from the central lobby, with long
horizontal roofs that hover over clerestory windows; the expanses of
glass allow for controlled natural day lighting in the large spaces of
the natatorium and gymnasium. Natural light and views to the surrounding
park are provided in all program spaces. Accents of stone were used in
both the interior and exterior to reference the nearby monument,
grounding the design to this area. In keeping with its pastoral
location, the facility is designed under sustainable guidelines with the
objective of achieving LEED(R) certification.
Each arm of the program is intended to be inclusive, providing health
and well-being opportunities for all ages. Educational program elements
include providing for computer classes, arts & crafts, dance, and
community meeting space. The gymnasium provides for a full basketball
court with a suspended running track above. The aquatics program
includes an instructional pool, a whirlpool and a sauna off the pool
deck, as well as an outdoor leisure pool. Located north of the indoor
pool, separated only by a full-height glass wall, the leisure pool is
full of features including a zero beach entry, a vortex, a mushroom,
water basketball, interactive play structure and a corkscrewing slide.
Despite the presence of two pools at the facility, water usage for the
building was minimized through the use of ultra low flow plumbing
fixtures, high efficiency pumps and regenerative media filters for the
pool, an ultraviolet water sanitizing system, and recycling rainwater
for WC flushing. Additionally, minimal irrigation is provided for the
landscape. Native plants have been selected based upon their low
Locally sourced and manufactured materials were used to reduce the
impact of the project construction on the environment. Recycled
materials were utilized - steel, linoleum, carpet, concrete and masonry.
Additionally, 50-75% of construction waste was recycled rather than sent
to the landfill. Low VOC finish products were used in the interior to
further improve building air quality during and after construction.
Long-term maintenance, life-cycle costs, and environmental stewardship
provided direction in all decisions, as the Wade Walker Park Family YMCA
is to be used as a model for future LEED projects for the County
Fiber Cement Siding: JamesHardie
Envelope: Trenwyth, Grace Building Products, Fry Reglet
Interior: Armstrong, Trenwyth, Rulon, Dal-Tile
Roofing: Firestone, Sarnafil
Flooring: Forbo, Dal-Tile, Interface, Robbins, Mondo, Tate Access
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Lighting: Daybrite, Omega, Elliptipar, Philips Chloride, Beta-Calco,
Insight, Fineline, HE Williams, Inc.