|The North YMCA is a LEED Gold Certified recreation center serving the Spokane, Washington community. The building was designed to stretch along the edge of the plateau and bend with existing site contours. A two-story “bow-tie” shaped central space connects the various program areas and creates a strong visual and physical connection between these spaces. Lounge areas are provided at the wider ends of the space and have views into the natatorium and the gymnasium. The exposed wood roof structure provides a warm character and slopes up to the northwest and southeast to allow daylight into the heart of the building. The natatorium is located at the south end of the building for the best solar orientation. The gymnasium, fitness area, administration, YWCA and the central space are designed to accommodate future expansion to the north. The fitness area is located on the upper floor and provides views into the natatorium, the central gathering space, child watch, teen lounge and exterior views to the site. The interior character is designed to be warm and inviting to the diverse population that will experience the facility.
The North YMCA facility was designed and constructed using the USGBC LEED-NC 2.2 Green Building Rating System with a goal to achieve a minimum of Silver Certification after completion. The project has a number of notable ‘green’ features and strategies including:
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