Location: Mesa, AZ
Type: New construction on College Campus
Client: Valley of the Sun YMCA
Role: Sophia as project manager and architect in training at Architekton
Project Features: Amenities serving the campus and community at large, including Pools, Gym, Child watch, Climbing Wall.
Discovery: Good Design can make a big difference. A few days before the opening, a local neighborhood developer toured the new facility, and made a significant capital contribution. In his honor we were happy to replace the old “East Valley” Family YMCA signage with his name!
Program Requirements: Fitting a full service YMCA on a college campus led to a two story rec center, that features a canyon indoor-outdoor space that connects the two sides of the campus right through the lobby.
Special Challenges: The original plans included additional program spaces to serve that campus community. We were able to adopt the plans to a main phase, while providing an adjacent building pad for future expansion.
Special Detail Highlight: The pool fence: A composition that achieves minimum safety heights, allows some transparency, keeps dirt from the surrounding landscaping out, and offers a seat bench, built-in lighting, and spots for signage, storage, and equipment.
Architekton and Michael T Masengarb
Contractor: Reliance Build