Since its opening nearly a century ago, the Westport Weston Family YMCA has served as a vital social service institution and community resource. With over 3,300 active memberships, the organization offers a rich and diverse series of youth, adult and senior programs.
The Family YMCA embarked on a plan to relocate from downtown Westport to a new building on their existing 32-acre property at Camp Mahackeno Outdoor Center. The Phase I 54,000 square foot facility features a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center, aquatics center with a ten-lane competition pool and warm water family teaching/therapeutic pool, multi-purpose gym, exercise studios, locker rooms, administrative offices, and other supporting amenities. The Robert A.M. Stern design carefully integrates the building into its surrounding natural site, which includes woodlands, trails and open space areas. To improve access to the facility, the project also involved the reconfiguration of the highway exit ramp and new parking facilities.
Role + Responsibilities
The Zubatkin team first oversaw the development of a Project Implementation Plan encompassing the full scope of the envisioned improvements to align the scope, budget, schedule and funding. The Project Implementation Plan also outlined the phasing for the project and set the governance and communications strategy. Milestones were established to enable the project to move forward while simultaneously raising funds and securing the balance of the approvals. Zubatkin subsequently oversaw the development of the contracting strategy and the design, construction and occupancy of the project.
The Phase I Bedford Family Center opened to great public acclaim. Based on this success, Zubatkin is working with the Family YMCA on the planning for a Phase II expansion.
- Client Westport Weston Family YMCA
- Location Westport, CT
- Robert A. M. Stern Architects (Design Architect)
- The S/L/A/M Collaborative (Executive Architect)
- Turner Construction
Cogen Plant – hot water systems for showers and swimming pool
Mechanical system ventilation provides pool heat recovery
Commissioning optimizes building efficiencies
Native plantings reduce water consumption
Rain gardens capture storm water
FAST septic system treats black & grey water on site
Soil/Gravel materials processed on site reducing cost, traffic and emissions
Low flow fixtures reduce water use