Project Description

“Fitness and Fun for the Whole Family”

Client: Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA
Location: Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
Size: 80,000 SF

The Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA is located on a twenty-acre site off of Route 19 in Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania. The 80,000 square foot facility was designed to include an abundance of open, fun, and inviting spaces demonstrating the YMCA’s commitment to quality community services. Its membership, which has increased steadily since the building’s opening, consists of singles, seniors, and families of the ever-growing Southwest Butler region.

The building is operated by the staff of the Butler County Family YMCA, in cooperation with the Butler Health System, to create comprehensive health, recreation, and education service with fitness and wellness programs available for children and adults of the area.

Venues in the new YMCA include an indoor aquatics center featuring a therapy pool, a lap pool, and a zero-entry family fun pool with water features and indoor slide. A fitness center, gymnasium, indoor walking/running track, aerobic and group exercise studios, and community rooms are available to the YMCA member. Each of the activity areas are open to the center core/lobby providing easy orientation throughout the building plan.

The building follows the slope of the existing topography with the main entrance situated on the upper level of the two-story building. The two levels allow for direct access to the upper level running track from the entry-level and the creation of a two-story core, which provides an open monumental stair to the lower level adjacent to a thirty-foot climbing wall.

The design focuses on incorporating as much natural light throughout every space and venue within the building by using extensive glazing internally and externally. This daylighting allows for the display of activity venues within the building, for those passing by along the street, creating a space that is alive with activity and continues to draw in new members. This not only improves the equality of the areas but provides an increased level of security for YMCA staff and members.

View more images of this project on the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA website.

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