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Bay City, Michigan

Dow Bay Area Family YMCA

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Upstairs, the fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment including 45 cardio machines and 15 strength training machines. There are also racquetball courts. The pool area has a water slide, lazy river, and hot tub. For the sports enthusiast, there are two full-size basketball courts and three volleyball courts.

This facility offers five locker rooms: separate rooms for men, women, boys, girls, and family locker rooms so that parents and children don’t have to be separated while getting ready. Parents can drop kids off at the kid’s zone, get in a quick workout, then join them again for activities and dinner at the family room. The cafe at the Y serves everything from sandwiches to smoothies.

The two-story, approximately 85,000sf facility includes an additional 11,000sf basement built for storage and mechanical uses. This project has been designed to attain LEED Certification.

In 2019, Spence Brothers was awarded the renovation work for the creation of Dow Bay Area Family YMCA’s 24-hour fitness area within the existing structure.

Housed in the basement area formerly serving as a spin room, all work was performed within a fully occupied and operational YMCA. The newly renovated area is now equipped with treadmills, arc trainers, weight machines, as well as free weights and other equipment such as yoga mats, medicine balls, and exercise bands.

The project provide a unique challenge to team, requiring consideration of how to program a space to remain open 24-hours, 7-days a week, while the remainder of the facility would be closed during off-hours.