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  Wade Walker Park Family YMCAWade Walker Park Family YMCA


Richard Wittschiebe Hand Architects
15 Simpson Street, Atlanta, GA 30308

General Description

Location: Stone Mountain, Georgia
Date Bid: Jan 2011 Construction Period: Apr 2011 to Aug 2012
Total Square Feet: 59,134 Site: 5.81 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
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.

Project Team

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 maintenance needs.

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 Recreation Department.

Product Information
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 Floors
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp
Lighting: Daybrite, Omega, Elliptipar, Philips Chloride, Beta-Calco, Insight, Fineline, HE Williams, Inc.

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