YMCA details its renovation | Wiscasset Journal
Following the recent announcement by the YMCA of the Boothbay Area of ââa major renovation, Executive Director Andy Hamblett and Director of Development Allyson Goodwin provided more details to the Boothbay Register in a telephone interview on 4 November.
Hamblett explained that the renovations have been discussed by the Y board of directors for the past few years. The goals were to use the space as efficiently as possible, update the building systems, accommodate more members and reduce operating costs.
The 1967 building on Townsend Avenue is the organization’s main campus. The Y’s properties were valued at over $ 13 million, according to One River CPA’s 2020 financial statement. Since the last major renovation in 2011 which replaced the swimming pool, the number of members has increased by 14% to reach 2,272 members.
GRO Development was hired to assess the aging building in 2018 and worked with Boothbay’s Knickerbocker group to develop a plan for the facility. In the context of COVID-19 and rising construction costs, “This plan has been redesigned and adjusted to include basic needs,” Hamblett said. Chairman of the Board, Charlie Britton, said: âWe had to do the project now or we would be chasing costs down the road. This is a well thought out and strategic decision taken by the board of directors.
In August 2020, packages were sent to construction companies to request quotes for the renovation and to establish prices. âWe stuck in a guaranteed maximum price with (Portland based) Wright Ryan,â Hamblett said. He estimated that the effort saved 50-75% on potential future construction costs.
The revised plan includes work on the site to bury utilities and water pipes, improve parking areas and provide walkways. Although not included in the current renovation, site work will be in place for future Harbor Montessori School and Annex projects. Portland-based civil engineering firm Gorrill Palmer created the design for the site.
Health and wellness areas will be redeveloped, community spaces will be enlarged and electrical and mechanical systems will be modernized. Solar panels will be placed on the Fieldhouse, the track will be redone and systems to improve air quality and temperatures will be installed. An educational kitchen will be added.
The overall footprint of the main building will not change, with one exception. âWe want to open up the space as much as possible,â Hamblett said. To do this, the building will be shorter on the road 27 side and wider on the parking lot side. This will allow a reconfiguration of the community hall into a multipurpose space.
Brent James of Boothbay Harbor is the Residential and Commercial Project Manager for the Knickerbocker Group and has been involved with the project since 2018. James is managing the project and said the Y wanted the best use of its donors’ money, which meant make greater use of the existing structure. .
Allied Engineering created the mechanical, electrical, structural and plumbing design.
âMechanical systems are an important part of the project,â James explained in a telephone interview. This will include three new rooftop units and new conduits on the lower level. The multi-purpose community hall will have its own HVAC unit. âSpaces will be opened and walls removed. The aim is to create flexible spaces that can be used for many purposes, âhe said.
Additionally, James said the Maine Department of Environmental Protection needs to approve plans to fill the small ditch off the parking lot, which is a wetland.
Work will begin on November 29 and end next fall. James said demolition and âfullâ construction will begin after the New Year. The goal is “to have minimal impact on members,” according to Hamblett. Wright Ryan will manage the construction.
Goodwin said people have been very supportive of the project and most of the $ 6.2 million in renovation costs have already been raised, thanks to 114 generous donors, including board members. Contributions ranged from $ 10,000 to $ 3 million. The Y is now looking to raise the remaining $ 1.5 million from the community, she said. Hamblett added: âBesides the short-term loans to finance construction, this will be funded through grants, including five-year pledges. The Y does not anticipate the need for long-term borrowing to finance the project.
âWe try to be good financial stewards to protect the investment in our facilities,â added Hamblett. He said the renovation will allow the Y to accommodate more people in larger spaces and better serve the community when needed.