The effort to locate a YMCA in Sumner that started six years ago took a major step April 28.
On that day, representatives of the design-build team of Adolfson and Peterson Construction and BCRA architects and YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties President Bob Ecklund broke ground at 16101 64th St. E. on what will be the 110,000-square-foot Gordon Family YMCA recreation center.
“The ground-breaking was fantastic,” Ecklund said. “It was 77 degrees and sunny. There was a steady stream of construction. Site work is underway. Several hundred people from the community who have been supporting us from the beginning were there. Some of our largest investors were there and people from the neighborhood walked over.”
The new Y will serve more than 20,000 annual users. The two-floor facility will boast the usual Y services such as a gymnasium, climbing wall, running track, multipurpose rooms and racquetball courts. Ecklund is most excited that the new Y will include the largest pool, compared to all other Y’s in the area.
The Y will include two pools: a large, 6,000-square-foot warm water pool with a lazy river and zero entry, and a second six-lane, 25-yard-long cool water pool for lap swimmers.
Based on research, Ecklund said it was found that community members also desired a recreation center that evoked a sense of place.
“Based on the research, there will be a new arts center,” Ecklund said. “People are coming to the YMCA for a lot more than a workout. They’re looking for that sense of community.”
The 8,000-square-foot arts center will serve students and active seniors.
Adolfson and Peterson has partnered with the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties on several past projects. The firm also built the Tom Taylor YMCA in Gig Harbor that opened in 2007 and the Silverdale Haselwood YMCA that opened in 2011. The firm helped with completion of another 10,000 square feet to the Tom Taylor Y, completed last January.
“(The Gordon Family Y) is our third YMCA that we have built from the ground up,” said Jim Newman, senior project manager with Adolfson and Peterson. “Our relationship with the YMCA spans nearly 15 years and is based on a truly collaborative team-build approach on every facility. The Sumner facility will be completed using the same principles of collaboration and innovation.”
Adolfson and Peterson plans to build the Gordon Family Y with construction techniques that meet LEED Silver Certification requirements. These include minimizing energy consumption, reducing air leaks, preventing long-term deterioration of exterior walls and using recyclable building materials.
The project cost is $35 million. Newman said the scope of the project will support 300 construction jobs. The Gordon Family YMCA is set to open in June of 2015.
Since its founding in 1946, Adolfson and Peterson has been ranked among the top 50 construction managers and general contractors in the United States. Newman said part of Adolfson and Peterson’s mission is to complete projects that provide a direct benefit to local communities.
John Platon, senior vice president for Adolfson and Peterson’s Pacific Northwest region said, “(The YMCA) is wholly committed to the communities of Pierce and Kitsap counties and we are honored to partner with the YMCA in building stronger communities.”Andrew Fickes: 253-552-7001 andrew.fickes @puyallupherald.com Twitter: @herald_andrew