The Tom Taylor Family YMCA will undergo a $3 million expansion that will break ground July 15. Staging for the project will begin this week.
Expansion plans have been in the works since last fall, when a need for additional youth development programs came to discussion.
It’s been an ongoing need for a while, executive director Andrea Millikan said. Yet there isn’t a lot of space to expand right now, marketing and communications director, Kirstin Stave said.
“We want to serve youth in a deeper way,” Stave said.
A proposal was approved earlier this year, and the project has been moving quickly, Millikan said.
Fundraising will help with the price tag, but the YMCA also has money set aside for the purpose.
“We reinvest in our facilities annually,” Millikan said.
The YMCA also has an annual campaign to raise funds. It kept its outreach small this year, approaching a few potential donors and asking if they would like to be involved in the expansion and remodeling project, Millikan said.
“When the facility was first built, there was already the idea of an expansion, so it’s exciting to be able to do it now,” she said.
The expansion is expected to be done by December.
“Jan. 1, 2014, we want to be open,” Millikan said.
The expansion will add 10,500 square feet to the back of the facility and increase the size to 85,000 square feet. Two multipurpose rooms, a teen center, an adventure zone and a youth gym will be added.
In addition, the locker rooms, child watch area and the weight room will be renovated. The weight room will be increased by 585 square feet, and the child watch area will be expanded, Millikan said.
New 15-inch-wide lockers will be added to the men’s and women’s locker rooms. A fact sheet stated floors will be resurfaced, doors installed in entry ways, and a new layout will be included in the upgraded locker rooms.
“The addition itself won’t impact our daily operations,” Millikan said.
Members will not feel the impact of construction until the fall, when locker room renovations begin, she said. That work will take place in the evening hours.
“Locker rooms will be accessible during regular hours but with limitations because of the construction work,” Millikan said.
Some weight room equipment will be relocated, and a temporary wall will be put up during construction, she said. The child watch area also will be moved.
The YMCA plans to ask for feedback through member surveys to see how it can improve with the expansion.
For more information about the project, visit ymcapkc.org/alerts.