The loss of an aging indoor municipal swimming pool and a need for more space due to a growing membership base promoted the Door County YMCA to pursue a building expansion program at their existing facility. The resulting project comprised 26,000 square feet of new facilities and 3,000 square feet of remodeling work.
The Door County YMCA's goal was to create an aquatics facility that could be used for both competition and recreational swimming. An eight-lane lap pool, a zero-depth-entry recreational pool with a waterslide, and a whirlpool are featured in the design. A balcony with spectator seating for 325 people is provided to maximize the use of the facility for competition. Expanded locker rooms and new family changing rooms are also provided.
In addition to the new aquatic facility, a divisible multi-purpose room to serve aerobics and other exercise programs was included. The former aerobics room was remodeled to provide more space for the Life Style Center, and an area for machine and free-weight programs.
Efforts to blend the new addition with the original building were carefully considered during the design process. Both the natatorium and the multi-purpose room feature generous use of exterior windows to provide natural light into the interior spaces.