Renovation moves ahead for Greenwich YMCA

Renovation moves ahead for Greenwich YMCA

Worth Construction Company, Inc. announced progress on the renovation and addition to the YMCA, located at 50 East Putnam Avenue, in the heart of Greenwich, Conn.

The exterior of the original 50,000 s/f structure, built in the early 1900’s, will be preserved with renovations to the interior only. New 90,000 s/f addition will be built that will house numerous state-of-the-art facilities, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Construction on this $33 million project began in June and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2007. The project is in the first phase of renovation and the foundation is set to be placed on the new addition.

Upon completion, the YMCA will be a fine example of a mix of 1900’s Georgian Revival style and contemporary architecture. The building will be surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds and a new lobby connecting it to the new structure will be built to facilitate easy access.

The exterior of the new addition will be composed of glazed curtain wall and brick systems, with an arched roof to match the existing brick structure. The interior will have an open feel with exposed open trusses and ample glass, allowing natural light to enter.

The addition will include a natatorium with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a new gymnasium and 60,000 s/f of parking. To accommodate the parking Spaces, the pool will be supported on a waffle-slab post tensioned system at the second level over the parking garage.

Currently, lead and asbestos abatement has been completed, along with the demolition work. Worth Construction is in the process of executing the layout and mechanical electrical rough-in, which entails piping, conduits and duct work. Because of the confines of the site, Worth was unable to bank a 25-foot deep excavation. To overcome this challenge and prevent the earth from caving into the site, a lateral support of the earth-dubbed the “soil nailing” was erected around the perimeter of the site.

“Just one hundred years after it was first built, Worth is proud to renovate and expand the Greenwich YMCA, which will provide a great service to the community,” said Joseph Pontoriero, president of Worth Construction Company, Inc. “Furthermore, the addition of an Olympic-sized swimming pool will enable numerous competitions and practice sessions that will benefit the YMCA.”

Renovations to the existing structure will include an upgrade to the current swimming pool, childcare facility, administrative offices, fitness and wellness areas and an exercise area. The existing gymnasium will be turned into a multi-purpose room.

COPYRIGHT 2006 Hagedorn Publication

COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group