Since the Westport Weston Family YMCA’s successful opening of the Bedford Family Center, the Family YMCA engaged Zubatkin to lead a strategic master plan to further develop its campus identity, improve circulation and access, and centralize program offerings. Priorities centered on improvements to the YMCA’s campus, including its summer camp, gymnastics and wellness programs.
The campus master plan was realized through the implementation of several major projects:
- A 22,000 SF addition to the Bedford Family Center providing spaces for gymnastics, classrooms, and expanded wellness areas. The expansion also allowed the YMCA to grow offerings for high-demand programs, such as group exercise classes, indoor cycling, youth programs, dance, and support after-school activities.
- Improvements to the campus included a new outdoor lap and teaching pool, pool house, splash pad, activity pavilions, giant slides, archery range, climbing wall, and multi-sports field. The scope also included the renovation of Becks Lodge into a youth/teen center, renovation of the outdoor amphitheater, and upgrades to the playground. Extensive sitework and landscape improvements enhanced circulation and accessibility throughout the campus including a fitness trail loop and recreational water access.
The projects were carefully phased to allow the YMCA to maintain ongoing operations during construction and were successfully delivered on schedule and within budget through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Role + Responsibilities
Working closely with the YMCA’s leadership team and the Westport community, Zubatkin facilitated the development of the overall master planning process, which led to the navigation of a complex regulatory approvals process and extensive community outreach ahead of Phase 2 construction.
During the implementation phase, Zubatkin was responsible for overseeing the development of the design, approvals, construction, and turnover of the individual projects. The Zubatkin team also developed the project’s budget and managed the financial controls, administration, and reporting. The firm’s In-House Technical Group provided input on the phasing and logistics strategy, as well as advised on technical issues related to the construction and ongoing operations.