Walnut Creek YMCA

Walnut Creek YMCA Expansion

Recreation – Remodel

Des Moines, Iowa

Area:    16,000 SF

To relieve overcrowding for its 9,000-plus members, the Walnut Creek YMCA in Des Moines hired K/O to expand their current branch.  The project utilized the services of a design/build contractor and a fast track delivery.  The focus of the design was image and program enhancements.  The east facing, crescent roofed structure’s high windows spill light to the new multi-purpose gym and fitness areas on the upper level by day and glow as a sign post to the city by night (marking the western entrance to West Des Moines along the Interstate-235 corridor).  The western addition is a nice cap to the light filled interior corridor which features a two story termination showcasing a “floating” stair and ramp to gain access to the expanded cardio room.  Other improvements included an updated second floor spinning room and a new aerobics studio on the main level.  Other new main level spaces include entry, nursery, community room, and YMCA offices.

“…upon opening our new facility, usage increased over 16%.  We now have the best fitness center in the western suburbs.”

            Terry Feldt, Executive Director


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