Client: YMCA of Greater Long Beach
Type: Community, Renovation & Expansion
Size: 32,000 SF
Situated near the busy corner of Woodruff Avenue and Carson Street, the existing facility faced a series of challenges. Visibility was significantly blocked from the street by a new retail center, a small pad building and outdoor hockey rink, and the shoppers reduced available parking for YMCA users. Subsequent building additions to the YMCA attempted to address increasing demands for space, but created confusing circulation while falling short of accommodating additional needs. Finally, static membership growth and an aging user base raised concerns about the sustainability of the facility in the future.
To address these challenges, the portion of the site fronting Carson Street was cleared to double the facilities square footage to 32,000, intending to create a strong architectural identity and to serve as a welcoming “front door” to the community. The original undersized lobby was replaced with a stunning double height corridor which has come to be known as the "grand hall”. Highly visible from Carson Street, the grand hall and second floor fitness room serves as a distinctive beacon both day and night.