YMCA of Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

After completing an addition to and renovation of the existing 8,200 sf facility to include regulation-sized basketball/volleyball court, elevated running track, weight room, whirlpool facility and larger locker rooms, MHAworks was hired to design an 18,000-square foot Youth Center at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA. The energetic design features athletic, education and arts components arranged to promote interaction among the organization’s youth programs, as well as to reflect the YMCA’s mission of growth in mind, body and spirit. Key state-of-the-art amenities include a gymnasium, a two-story indoor climbing wall, six multipurpose spaces, a snack bar, a game room and space for quiet after-school study. In redeveloping a portion of the existing site, numerous “green” design practices were incorporated to reduce energy costs and provide a cleaner environment, including playfields irrigated by stormwater runoff, translucent insulated windows for daylighting, principal building facades facing north and south to allow maximum control of heat gain through shading devices on the south façade, and rapidly renewable building materials.