Redeveloped and Renamed: A Social Pillar of the Community

Hobin Architecture was retained by the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA for the redevelopment of their aging “flagship” community complex. Our preliminary feasibility study confirmed that a full renovation scope of work would consume the organization’s entire fundraising budget due to the age (c. 1970) and ill-maintained state of the building, the necessity of mold abatement, the extremely constrained site, and the stringent seismic requirements of the latest Ontario Building Code.

Together with the owner, the design team formulated a revised scope of work that included renovations to all the active program areas, all daycare areas, all program support and training areas as well as the residential tower. The work included new high performance exterior windows, refurbishment of the pool tanks, a new dedicated mechanical system and upgrades and modifications to the change rooms to accommodate new programme changes while achieving current accessibility and life safety standards.

New to the facility with this redevelopment are the “PLUS” members’ changerooms—separately accessed exclusive-use areas, each with its own lounge, mini-gym, lockers and shower rooms and direct access to the main pool.

The redeveloped Taggart Family YMCA-YWCA was launched with its brand new name in 2011, upon securing a substantial donation from the Taggart Family. 

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