Programmed at 78,000 SF, the new two-story facility is located on the 10.5 acre site of the existing facility, which remained open during construction. Inspiration for the exterior aesthetic was in response to the civic and urban context and the historical precedent of the original Spartanburg Family YMCA built in 1914.
Large windows maximize daylight in the function areas and provide views to the common green space. The design team and building committee programmed space to optimize security and control for the safety and comfort of their members. Function areas include child watch, teen center, gymnasium, racquet ball courts, fitness and group exercise as well as a 13,000 SF natatorium that contains two swimming pools. The indoor fun pool consists of a large slide, three water elements that splash, spray and pour, water spouts and a vortex feature that allows for small children to tube. The fun pool also contains three lanes for youth instructional swimming and water aerobics for rehabilitation. Resistive therapy for Spartanburg Regional’s rehabilitation service is available in this area as well. An additional 15,000 SF of rehabilitation therapy services is located on the second floor, adjacent to the fitness area.
Demolition of the existing facility will provide space for playing fields, flanked on both sides by parking and site access to optimize vehicular circulation. A pedestrian and cycle path link to the adjacent Mary Black Foundation rail trail for community connectivity.