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  Greater Kingsport Family YMCAGreater Kingsport Family YMCA


Lose & Associates, Inc.
1314 5th Avenue, N., #200, Nashville, TN 37208

General Description

Location: Kingsport, Tennessee
Date Bid: Oct 2011 Construction Period: Dec 2011 to Apr 2013
Total Square Feet: 40,007 Site: 15.80 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 22,457; second floor, 17,550; total, 40,007 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 16’; total, 30’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, EIFS, storefront. Roof: Asphalt shingles, membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall, storefront.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Spoden & Wilson Engineers, Inc. - 338 E. Center Street, #2, Kingsport, TN 37660
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Power Management Corporation - 60 Music Square, E., #300, Nashville, TN 37203
General Contractor: Denark Construction - 1635 Western Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
Interior Design Services: Gro Development, LLC - 34B High Street, Marblehead, MA 01945

The City of Kingsport desired to develop a year-round aquatic facility that could also serve as a competition venue to host swim meets and increase tourism. The The Greater Kingsport Family YMCA also had expansion plans for a new recreation facility, years in the making. This would offer regional citizens of Kingsport additional wellness and fitness opportunities. In a wise collaborative effort, the City of Kingsport and the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA developed a partnership, to utilize a donated property site from Eastman Chemical Company. This project is being developed as a single, shared facility that will offer individual or dual memberships for the Aquatic Center and YMCA components. The City payed the capital cost for the aquatics facilities and majority of site development, while the YMCA payed for their portion of site work and building construction. The overall master plan for the facility has been developed to allow for both aquatic and wellness facilities to be expanded in the future. Lose & Associates was the prime designer for this two-in-one, $23 million project. Lose & Associates developed preliminary and final designs, construction documents, bidding documentation, and cost estimates along with providing full project coordination and construction administration services for both facilities.

Access and registration to the YMCA is provided at a shared center reception area in the main lobby. The facility is designed to allow for transparency and direct visual relationship between the two property operations, between interior amenities and between the indoor and outdoor environments. Extensive indoor wellness amenities are provided for the YMCA portion of the facility. They include: administrative offices, lockers and restrooms, multipurpose meeting spaces, a gymnasium with plans for a future elevated walking track, two wellness work-out zones, cardio rooms, a child watch room, a family adventure room, and a physical therapy tenant suite in partnership with the local Wellmont Medical Center healthcare system. Outdoor components include a child play area and multi-use fields designated for future YMCA expansion. The facility has been designed to allow for direct crossover member use and interaction from the YMCA to the Aquatic facility components.

Both facilities feature energy-efficient and environmentally friendly design practices such as high efficiency water-source heat pump heating and cooling systems and utilities; daylight harvesting with an automated sensing lighting system; enhanced site storm water collection and management including rain gardens and pervious concrete parking spaces; an electric traction elevator which reduces heat and standby electrical loading; a white, low-slope membrane roofing with skylights; enhanced wall and roof insulation thickness values with high R-Value window systems for enhanced thermal capacity. The building costs in this case study are for the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA. The costs for the aquatic center are not included.

The Greater Kingsport YMCA was recognized as a winner of the 2014 NuHights Design Awards by Vulcraft/Verco Group. The NuHeights Design Awards recognize outstanding design, architecture and the diverse applications of building with steel.

Product Information
Steel Joists, Steel Joist Girders, and Steel Decking:
Vulcraft Group, a Nucor Corporation
Building Envelope: BASF, General Shale Brick, Arriscraft International
Roofing: GenFlex, CertainTeed
Windows, Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Wall: Tubelite
Flooring: HTC Floor System by K & J Concrete Polishing, American Olean, Action Floor Systems, Mannington, Mats Inc.
Interior: Georgia Pacific, Devoe Paint, Armstrong
Daylighting, Skylights: Sunwave
Lighting: Axis, Cooper, Astralite, Columbia, Hubbell Outdoor Lighting


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