The Downtown YMCA engaged in a process to overhaul of all YMCA program and administrative spaces. The design challenge for the project was to revitalize the historic, six-story recreational community center. Located in the heart Green Bay’s downtown, leaders wanted to position it for continued use as a YMCA, and potential future lease of its upper floors.
Five key areas were identified for interior improvements: locker rooms, track, group exercise, and a lifestyle center for upgraded cardio and strength equipment. Originally designed by Berners-Schober and built in 1924, the original building’s exterior was in need of repair and renovation, including masonry tuckpointing, roofing and ADA compliance.
The completed project brings all entrance routes to a central location, and reorganizes the program areas for better way-finding. Opened sight lines between floors and program areas modernize the feel of the workout spaces while respecting the historic character of the building. Targeted upgrades, such as replacing the 90 year old roof, higher efficiency glazing systems, and maintaining exterior brick and stone work, positions the YMCA for long term sustainability of their facility.