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New YMCA Coming in Late 2015

The YMCA project is designed to accommodate the community's growing needs for recreational facilities.

Raphael Architects of Doylestown will serve as lead architect for the design and construction of the North Penn YMCA’s new Lansdale facility, a $6 million capital project that calls for major renovations to 26,600 square feet of existing YMCA space and 11,250 square feet of new construction.

The North Penn Y’s initiative is one portion of a challenging $27.5 million construction project that will provide affordable senior housing, a senior activity center and food pantry/soup kitchen through three other community nonprofits. The four entities, collectively called North Penn Commons, are Advanced Living Communities, The PEAK Center and Manna on Main Street, as well as the North Penn YMCA Lansdale Branch.

“Strategic collaboration among the engineers, designers and contractors for the wide-reaching project is anticipated to deliver overall engineering and design savings,” said Michael Raphael, AIA, principal.

This collaborative approach was emulated in the composition of the design team. Headed by Raphael, who also designed the Upper Bucks YMCA, the team includes Howard Kulp Architects of Allentown, assisting in design and construction documents; Penn Builders of Quakertown, serving as construction manager and consulting engineers and providing design-build project delivery services; and Atlantic Aquatic Engineers of Pipersville for pool design and construction services.

Kramer Marks Architects, Ambler, and McDonald Building Company, Blue Bell, are responsible for the non-Y portion of the North Penn Commons project as well as the lobby, which the Y will share.

“It is a pleasure to collaborate on this project with this fine team of professionals, many of whom I have worked with before,” says Raphael.

Project scope
When the new four-story campus on the former LansBowl site on East Main Street is completed in late 2015, it will feature 60 units of affordable senior housing as well as program and service facilities for The PEAK Center and Manna on Main Street. The sweeping 9,000sf communal lobby and gathering space will serve all four partners’ needs and connect to the Y’s renovated facilities.

The Y project, also scheduled for a late 2015 completion, is designed to accommodate the growing Lansdale community’s needs for recreational facilities. It will be built in consecutive phases to minimize disruption of services for the Y’s members and allow full occupancy throughout construction.

The state-of-the-art family health and wellness facility will boast 80,000sf of space: new 6-lane competition pool, multi-purpose mini-gymnasium to accommodate programs and classes, sauna and steam rooms, a whirlpool and new administrative space. The Early Childhood Education Center is the single area of the existing space that will undergo no renovations at this time.

Of special interest is the conversion of the existing lap pool into a new family-friendly, zero-entry recreation pool with slides and loads of water-park-style recreational features. It will appeal to all ages – from families enjoying time together, to swim lessons, to water aerobics and water-walking for seniors.

“While designing this facility, we considered the needs and priorities of families in particular – such as providing family locker rooms and spaces so young children can stay with their parent or parents while visiting the Y and enjoying all the facilities and programs it offers,” Raphael says.

“In addition to completely redesigning the interior, we also focused on the external appearance. The older building did not appropriately reflect the vitality and energy of the new neighboring facilities or of the community health and wellness programs within. Our redesigned exterior provides a fresh, more contemporary look that blends well with its surroundings and will complement the other facilities in the North Penn Commons complex.

“I’m pleased to be part of this great project, which marries community interests with health and fitness, two of my life-long passions. Next year, when Y members and visitors come to the Lansdale branch, this light-filled, contemporary, fresh environment will welcome them.”
Janet Miner June 23, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Now if we could only get a bowling alley back in town...
The Truth June 23, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Nice thought, but smaller independent bowling alleys are dying out. If we get another bowling alley it'd be a Brunswick Zone, and those are huge. Not sure where you could put it in Lansdale...
Aeran June 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM
This is so exciting. I used to guard at the NP YMCA and it was falling apart when i left there. It was out dated and needed so much maintenance. The only saving graces were the location, the staff, and the patrons. I'm so happy to see that the Y is finally getting the updates it needs and that the community is finally getting a community center that it needs and deserves. All of the other YMCAs in the area are beautiful and now north penn's can be just as awesome.
Mari June 24, 2014 at 09:24 PM
I really hope they have given a lot of thought to the parking lots. Its a horrible mess for parking now.
The Truth June 25, 2014 at 09:49 PM
YMCA is "The Truth is a Dope's" favorite song...he likes music he can relate to...

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