The Northside YMCA underwent a 19,000-square-foot renovation and 2,700-square-foot addition doubling the size of the center while adding a community kitchen and group exercise rooms. The Petersburg YMCA added 16,000 square feet consisting of a new entrance lobby, child care area, café, community kitchen, community room, group exercise room and an expanded wellness facility. Several areas of the existing facility were renovated including the yoga room, sauna and locker rooms.
“What we talk about is this Y is not just a community center, it is a center of community; very different concept,” said YMCA America president and CEO Kevin Washington. “We are for all, no matter who you are ethnically, no matter where you come from or how many dollars you have in your pocket. We believe in you.”
Both centers provide services to hundreds of children daily through after-school programs, summer academic programs and many other youth services.
“We believe that the 20 percent of time children spend in the classroom is important. But dreams are being made right here during the times they spend at the Y. When you see our little ones, our youth, our teens, they know they can also make their grades, have activities and get their homework done at the Y.” said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.
The renovations were a part of the Greater Richmond YMCA’s “For All, For Good” campaign raising $40 million to upgrade YMCA facilities around the Richmond area.
KBS has completed other projects for the Greater Richmond YMCA including the YMCA Shady Grove Tommy J. West Aquatic Center.